“I’m doing it at West Point, which I look forward to. I did it last year at Air Force. I did it in Annapolis. I did it at the Coast Guard Academy and I’m doing it at West Point. And I assume … they’ll have (social) distancing. They’ll have some big distance, so it’ll look very different than it ever looked,” Trump said Friday evening during a White House press briefing.
The President added that though he doesn’t like “the look” of a socially distanced crowd, “eventually, next year, they’ll have a commencement like it’s been … nice and tight.”
A spokesperson for the Military Academy told CNN in a statement on Thursday that “U.S. Military Academy staff continues to conduct a thorough analysis and plan for the safe return of the Corps of Cadets at the right time.”
“The academy senior leaders are determining the return of the Class of 2020 for graduation and commissioning to meet the needs of the Army during this national crisis as well as when summer training activities will commence for all others. A decision on the timing and scope of these events are based on the safety of our cadets, their families and the West Point community,” the statement adds.