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Trump to speak at West Point graduation this week despite NY Gov. Cuomo’s coronavirus orders, infections on campus

President Donald Trump during a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials on police and community relations in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

President Donald Trump plans to speak at the West Point Military Academy’s graduation this week, a White House spokesman said Tuesday — though the ceremony flouts Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s social distancing directives and more than a dozen cadets have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Spokesman Judd Deere said Trump’s commencement speech Saturday is about celebrating the “amazing accomplishments” of the roughly 1,000 cadets expected at West Point’s upstate New York campus.

“As the commander-in-chief, President Trump wants to celebrate that and thank them for their service to our country,” Deere wrote in an email.

The West Point event is at odds with Cuomo’s Sunday announcement that capacity for graduations in New York must be limited to 150 people due to the pandemic. The order also doesn’t take effect until June 26, so West Point is bucking the start date too.

However, West Point can skirt state orders since it’s not subject to New York law as a U.S. military facility.

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Cuomo’s office declined to comment.

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