- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Walter Reed Medical Center Saturday
- President Trump awarded a Purple Heart to Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos
Trump presented the medal to Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos and thanked him on behalf of himself and the first lady. Barrientos’ wife, Tammy, was present for the short ceremony.
“So I heard about this, I wanted to do this myself,” Trump said as he placed the Purple Heart on the soldier’s lapel. “Congratulations on behalf of Melania and myself and the entire nation. Tremendous, tremendous job, congratulations.”
The Purple Heart is awarded to American service members who are wounded or killed in combat. Barrientos was recently injured while serving in Afghanistan.
This was Trump’s first time at the military medical center. Prior to his visit, he tweeted that he was “looking forward to seeing our bravest and greatest Americans.” Vice President Mike Pence visited Walter Reed earlier this month.
With the Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin by his side, the President said, “This bill will extend and improve the veterans’ choice program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice. You got it? The doctor of their choice. And don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care.”
The President also plans to hold a press conference next Thursday on veterans’ issues specifically.