What President Trump did for 18 Green Berets was perhaps the most respectable move of his young presidency — and it went completely unreported by the mainstream media for weeks.
Recently, Trump met with a new class of Green Beret candidates and brought them into the Oval Office for special photos — which makes this a first in the course’s entire history.
The 18 Army officers in the Special Forces Qualification Course, or “Q-course,” were visiting the National Security Council, as a normal part of the course.
But this time, Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka, who was scheduled to speak to the students, had suggested that they meet the president.
The plan was to take them into the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House, but Trump decided to invite them into the Oval Office, to take pictures with them for their families.
“Halfway through the discussion, [Trump] said, ‘Hey — we’re not supposed to do this but follow me, and he brought them all into the Oval Office, took a group photograph around the Resolute desk, and then — throwing the schedules into a bit of a tizzy, said OK that’s not good enough,’” Gorka told Breitbart News in an interview.
“He said, ‘everybody stand in the corner.’ They all stood in the corner, and one-by-one we took photographs they can take home to their family with each future Green Beret next to the president at the Oval Office desk,” Gorka said.
“That’s how much he loves our soldiers — our warriors,” he said. Gorka had earlier brought up the meeting during remarks on a panel at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Under Obama, he said, they “wouldn’t have even gotten into the West Wing.”
President Trump has expressed great patriotism and care for veterans since his time in office. On his inauguration day, he was seen tearing up with American pride at the sight of energetic Wounded Warriors marching in the Inaugural parade.
On Thanksgiving, he had words of encouragement for members of the military in a teleconference, exclaiming his gratefulness for their “tremendous courage.”
“You’re very, very special people to me, and to everyone in this country, that I can tell you,” Trump said in the video conference from his Mar-a-Lago resort.
“Surrounding me is a lot of press, better me than you, believe me fellas, better me than you,” he continued. “It’s an honor to speak with you all, to give God thanks for the blessing of freedom, heroes, tremendous courage. Very, very special people. It doesn’t get more special.”
The president specifically addressed the first brigade combat team of the 82nd Airborne in Kandahar, Afghanistan, praising a decorated service member named Toby.
“Toby – where is Toby? Raise your hand, Toby. I hear so many good things about you Toby. That’s good news,” Trump said before addressing the entire unit, praising the soldiers as “brave, incredible fighters.”
Trump also addressed the Marine Corps, praising his chief of staff John Kelly.
“Semper Fi. I have a great Marine who’s the chief of staff, as you know, John Kelly. Doing an incredible job just like any Marine would. And Major, to you and to all the Marines doing this great work,” Trump said. “We’re being talked about again as an armed forces. We’re really winning. We know how to win. But we have to let you win. They weren’t letting you win before. They were letting you play even. We’re letting you win.”
Trump again took a dig at reporters toward the end of his speech.
And it’s not just talk — he’s putting his money where his mouth is.
Mid-December, Trump signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that “authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear weapons threat.”
“Our budget this year — as you know, well over $700 billion — is getting us back to the position we have to be,” Trump told a gathering of U.S. military leaders on Oct. 5. “Almost never have we needed a great, powerful, strong, and brilliant military — and that’s where we are and that’s where we’re going, and going very rapidly.”
President Trump’s presence in the White House is a victory in and of itself for Americans and our military. When it’s time for troops to deploy and a war is to be fought, America will have strong leadership in Defense Secretary Mattis and renewed confidence in having the best and most high-tech equipment and transportation in the world.
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