On his first Veterans Day as commander in chief, President Donald Trump honored American veterans in Vietnam, which resulted in an emotional exchange between the president and former servicemen.
In Danang, Vietnam — the site of an American air base during the Vietnam War — Trump met with seven veterans who had heroically fought for freedom in the same country decades ago.
During a press conference, the president spoke graciously about the men surrounding him, thanking them for their “service, sacrifice and patriotism.”
He then asked if any of the veterans wanted to say a few words.
The first veteran to speak called it an “honor and privilege to be with our president.”
“I so admire what you’re doing for our country,” he continued. “Thank you for your dedication to our military, our country. We’re all behind you in making America great again.”
The third veteran to speak, identified by ABC News as Max Morgan, also took the opportunity to give a heartfelt message to Trump and, with tears in his eyes, referenced the thousands of American heroes who gave all in Vietnam.
“Mr. President, from my heart, thank you for your support of the military, and it’s an honor to be here as one of seven Vietnam veterans representing the 58,000 heroes that never made it home,” he said. “Thank you so much.”
Trump reached out and hugged the crying veteran in one of the more emotional moments of his presidency.
He later signed a proclamation honoring the seven veterans and all others who served in the Vietnam War, describing them as “the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation.”
“This is part of the ongoing 13-year commemoration of their sacrifice for freedom, and I just want to thank these seven very brave people for being here,” Trump said.
Watch the special exchange between Trump and the veterans here, with the veteran’s comments beginning around the 2:45 mark:
It’s important that our military — past and present — feels supported by our president, and know that he is working to maintain the country and values they so valiantly defended.
The liberal media has painted Trump’s presidency as a failure from the very beginning, but this special moment between him and these heroes shows that he is doing things right.
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