President Donald Trump visited Walter Reed National Medical Center on Thursday to spend time with wounded troops and award a Purple Heart to an American soldier.
As he was leaving the White House to leave for the medical center, Trump called the service members there “some of the bravest people anywhere in the world,” Fox News reported.
“We’re just going to wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” he said.
While at the hospital, Trump awarded the Purple Heart to 1st Lt. Victor Prato from the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion, who suffered multiple soft tissue injuries last month in Afghanistan due to being involved in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) blast and motor vehicle rollover.
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“One of the most powerful moments of my life watching [the President] give the Purple Heart to this American Hero,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted. “Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces.”
Besides awarding to Purple Heart, Trump visited and talked to injured and ill service members from other branches of the military.