President Trump visited wounded veteran soldiers at Walter Reed Medical center last night in Washington DC.
Ahead of his visit, Trump told the press that “we’re just going to wish them a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We love these people.”Trump sat for a good five minutes with U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. John Peck and his wife Jessica, discussing the couple’s upcoming holiday plans and thanking him for his service to our country.
In the middle of the visit, Trump looked over to his favorite White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who had taken it upon herself to go around thanking the veterans herself and taking pictures with them.
Trump also awarded a Purple Heart to 1st Lt. Victor Prato of the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion for injuries he sustained while deployed in Afghanistan last month.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders was incredibly moved by the experience.
“One of the most powerful moments of my life watching POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero. Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces.”
The American people are so grateful to have a president that finally respects our military for the heroes they are.
Breaking the awkward silence that followed, Trump assured the marines, “But you know what, I like you because you are special. You are special people. You are really incredible people.”
“And from the heart, from the absolute heart, we appreciate what you’ve done, how you’ve done it, the bravery that you displayed, and the love that you have for your country.”Sanders got asked about the insult at her press briefing.
“I think what most people find offensive is Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” Sanders deflected, when asked what Trump had been thinking of when he decided to make that offensive remark at that exact moment. She insisted Trump found an “extreme amount of value and respect” in the Native American soldiers which is “why he invited them to come to the White House.”
Asked why he thought it appropriate to bring up Warren out of the blue, so as to use the slur in the presence of Native Americans who served the country during World War II, Sanders countered, “I don’t believe it is appropriate for him to make a racial slur, or anybody else” while insisting it was “not his intent.”
Another reporter asked if Trump sees “political value” in calling people out racially. Sanders made her biggest leap there, replying instead it was offensive when Warren “lied about something to advance her career.”
Before Sanders briefing, Warren addressed Trump’s White House insult to the Native American marines.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it though a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,” Warren responded on air to a question from MSNBC.
“Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it. It hasn’t worked in the past; it is not going to work in the future,” she addedI just want to thank you because you’re very, very special people,” Trump began. “You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who, they say, was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas’.”
By “they,” of course, Trump meant “Donald Trump.”
You often hear the line personnel is policy, you pointed out yourself that I’m the first working mother to ever hold this job,’ the press secretary said. ‘To be empowered to be the spokesperson for the United States of America through the president, this is a big deal, that is a huge step forward and instead of liberals celebrating it, they attack me at every step.’
She also pointed to the ascension of Hope Hicks, who’s currently in the role of White House communications after Anthony Scaramucci was fired after a brief tenure.
‘He doesn’t just put milquetoast women around him, he puts strong, very outspoken women in very powerful positions and in the first time in history we also have a female communications director,’ Huckabee Sanders said pointing to Hicks.
You’ve never had a female press secretary and a female communications director, ever in the history of the White House and we do in this one,’ she noted.
The former governor answered the sexism charge similarly.
‘He’s given my daughter an incredible opportunity,’ Huckabee answered.Huckabee, a former pastor, also explained how evangelicals got in line behind Trump.
‘It’s not that difficult. Nobody voted for him to be their Sunday school teacher,’ Huckabee answered.
‘He is a defender of religious liberty, which means he doesn’t have to embrace everything that I personally embrace in order to believe that people of faith should be respected and that they should not be relegated to a portion of the culture,’ Huckabee added.
As for the racism charge, Huckabee pointed out, ‘He’s been on this show many times.’
‘And I said it to him to his face cohost Whoopi Goldberg retorted, receiving applause from the audience.