With the holidays coming near President Trump, Vice President Pence, and AG Jeff Sessions are all spending time visiting America heroes to show support for the sacrifices they make in the name of patriotism and protection.
In particular President Trump visited the wounded service members in recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he presented First Lt. Victor Prato with a Purple Heart medal and according to Sarah Sanders, who was also in attendance, the experience was one of the ‘most powerful moments’ in her life.
During the trip, Trump spoke with the military members there, but there was one moment that stood out for White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Calling it “one of the most powerful moments” of her life, Sanders witnessed Trump award a wounded service member with the Purple Heart, the medal reserved for those injured in combat.
“Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces,” she added.
Prato, 25, of Somers, New York, suffered multiple soft tissue injuries following a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device blast, according to the White House.
Pres. Trump told reporters as he left the White House that he wanted to “say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world.”
The president last visited the military hospital complex in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, in April. Trump also met with other sick and injured service members from all branches of the armed forces, Sanders said.During that visit, he awarded a Purple Heart — his first — to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan during what is now America’s longest war.
Trump is not the only member of his administration to visit troops in preparation for the Christmas season. Vice President Mike Pence visited and gave a speech to troops deployed in Afghanistan. “Give yourselves a round of applause. We couldn’t be more proud of every one of you,” he told them.
One of the most powerful moments of my life watching @POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero. Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces. pic.twitter.com/AtoaboF4DE
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 21, 2017
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) December 21, 2017