During President Donald Trump’s historic trip to Iraq this week, a U.S. soldier pulled him aside. It was White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who ultimately revealed the message that the soldier gave the president, and now it’s going viral.
On Christmas evening, while most Americans were relaxing with their families after a day filled with new gifts, good food, and giving thanks for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were in the midst of a very selfless journey to visit U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the news on Twitter, writing, “President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas.”
This was a welcome visit for the thousands of hard-working men and women deployed overseas who were forced to spend Christmas without the comforts of home and without their families. Approximately 5,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Iraq, where the mission continues to be promoting stability by supporting the Iraqi government in its fight against lingering ISIS forces in the region.
The visit marked Trump’s first trip to a war zone while serving as Commander-in-Chief, but it was even more significant for another reason. For the very first time in history, a sitting president and first lady made the trip to visit troops in the Iraq war zone together.
The historic nature of the visit was not lost on the troops, and one soldier took Trump aside to share with him a personal story about his own service. Sanders shared the details of the “powerful” moment between the president and the soldier on Twitter.
“Powerful moment – Member of United States Army told the President he came back into the military because of him. And President Trump responded, ‘And I am here because of you.’ I met him after and he gave me the patch from his arm. Incredible,” she recounted.
Sanders added that after the Army member’s meeting with Trump, he gifted her with a patch on her arm that reads, “Brave Rifles.” The “Brave Rifles” is a nickname for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. [Source: The Daily Caller]
Ever since Trump hit the campaign trail, we have witnessed the way he connects with active members of the military and veterans who have served our country in years past. It has truly been a sight to behold, as it is hard to recall another politician ever having the same relationship with our troops.
But, of course, Donald Trump is no career politician. He hasn’t spent decades practicing politically correct talking points. Rather, he’s spent his entire life getting things done. He doesn’t care about optics so much as he cares about the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and preserve our way of life.
Spread the word about the overwhelming support President Trump has from our troops. The fact that service members are enlisting because of Trump speaks volumes. For the first time in many years, our troops once again have faith in their Commander-in-Chief. You won’t hear that from the mainstream media, though. They’re working overtime to make our president look bad.