Trump has prided himself on working long hours throughout his business career and undoubtedly is carrying on his hard-working habit in the White House. However, when he does choose to take some time off, it’s heartwarming to see what he does with it.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spent a Saturday visiting Walter Reed Hospital, during which President Trump personally awarded a wounded soldier a Purple Heart for his efforts. “When I heard about this, I wanted to do this myself,” Trump said, according to The Gateway Pundit.
The president and first lady have been spending a lot of time recently visiting those injured and displaced. Between the president’s trips to Florida and Texas in the wake of their respective Hurricanes, and Melania visiting a number of hospitals treating children undergoing cancer treatment, it’s been a constant investment of their time. However, when the president heard about this particular soldier, he felt compelled as commander-in-chief to personally honor the man.
Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos was recently injured while on duty in Afghanistan. He was wounded on March 17 when an Afghan soldier opened fire at his base. Two other soldiers were also wounded in the attack.
Unfortunately, Barrientos’s injuries were severe enough to warrant amputation – losing his right leg below the kneecap.
The wounded soldier entered the atrium in a wheelchair alongside his wife. Trump kissed her on the cheek and pinned the medal on the sergeant’s collar. “When I heard about this, I wanted to do this myself,” Trump told Barrientos during the ceremony. “Congratulations, tremendous.”
In contrast to the previous administration, Trump allowed cameras into the medal ceremony, rather than presenting the medal behind a closed door. In addition to Barrientos, Trump was expected to meet other service members, privately, who are also receiving care.
Before leaving the White House, Trump tweeted about the visit, saying he was “Getting ready to visit Walter Reed Medical Center with Melania. Looking forward to seeing our bravest and greatest Americans!” It’s a departure from usual procedure, as most presidential visits go unannounced.
Taking care of this nation’s veterans has always been an important aspect of Trump’s appeal. Even back in 2015/2016 when he was running in the Republican primaries, he was always a vocal proponent of raising awareness for wounded servicemen – refusing once to participate in a debate with the other candidates and instead choosing to run a fundraiser for veteran’s groups.
The Trumps take time to visit Walter Reed to award a Purple Heart. Does Trump care about our veterans?
Trump has worked on a number of different measures to assist wounded veterans, including a recent bill that allows veterans to receive private medical care completely on the government’s dime.
The president had formerly criticized the VA for their long wait times and mismanagement, something that he felt was unacceptable for those who fought to defend our nation.
As the president continues to show his appreciation to the nation’s armed services, both in a professional legislative capacity, as well as in a personal way, this recent sentiment is one that Barrientos will appreciate going forward in his life.