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Bethesda, MD - Trump Visits Wounded U.S. Service Members At Military Hospital

Published on: April 22, 2017 11:59 PM
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U.S. President Donald Trump awards a Purple Heart to Army Sgt First Class Alvaro Barrientos next to his wife Tammy and First Lady Melania Trump (R) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., April 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas U.S. President Donald Trump awards a Purple Heart to Army Sgt First Class Alvaro Barrientos next to his wife Tammy and First Lady Melania Trump (R) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., April 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Bethesda, MD - President Donald Trump visited wounded U.S. service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, his first visit as president to the armed forces hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington.

Accompanied by his wife, Melania, Trump awarded Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos the Purple Heart, the medal given to members of the U.S. military wounded or killed in battle.

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Barrientos was injured in Afghanistan on March 17 when an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers. Barrientos’s right leg was amputated, according to a White House official.

The president put his hand on the sergeant’s shoulder and kissed the sergeant’s wife, Tammy, on the cheek. Then he pinned the Purple Heart to the sergeant’s lapel and clapped him on the back.

“When I heard about this, I wanted to do it myself. ... Congratulations, tremendous,” Trump told Barrientos.

During his eight years as president, Barack Obama made visits to Walter Reed a regular occurrence, particularly when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were raging. He ended up visiting the hospital more than 20 times.

While this was Trump’s first visit there, he did make a trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in February to honor a service member killed during an operation in Yemen.

Trump is spending the weekend in rainy Washington. He has recently been criticized for his frequent trips to his Florida resort, Mar-A-Lago, which Democrats say are costing taxpayers millions of dollars for travel and security.

Leaving the White House, Trump’s motorcade passed dozens of protesters gathered along its route holding signs for a March for Science being held in downtown Washington, one of series of such Earth Day events being held across the country.



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 Apr 23, 2017 at 08:50 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Can anyone recall a previous president making a photo op out of making these visits to our wounded?

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 10:05 AM AlbertEinstein Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

Can anyone recall a previous president making a photo op out of making these visits to our wounded?

Um, yes. Every single president in recent history Please Google it.

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 10:43 AM yaakov doe Says:

Can anyone recall a previous President who was a draft dodger using wounded military members for a photo op?

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 02:00 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

I would welcome a link to a photo of a President staging a photo op of visiting wounded soldiers. Certainly all presidents make visits, but usually in private.

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 Apr 23, 2017 at 02:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

I would welcome a link to a photo of a President staging a photo op of visiting wounded soldiers. Certainly all presidents make visits, but usually in private.

Like I said, Google it. Any picture of a president with wounded warriors is by definition a photo op.

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 Apr 24, 2017 at 11:28 AM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

To Yaakov Doe: Both Clinton and Bush 43 were draft dodgers, and both visited wounded soldiers. To PaulinSaudi: The pictures are out there. What's unique about Trump is that he actually congratulated a soldier on getting a purple heart.

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 Apr 26, 2017 at 12:26 AM Anonymous Says:

To #7-Lawrence, research your facts, before expounded your unfounded allegations. George W. Bush was a pilot, who served in the Texas Air National Guard. He received an honorable discharge, period!

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