[watch]As Trump Steps Off Marine One, He Turns to Military and Gives them the Gift of a Lifetime

[watch]As Trump Steps Off Marine One, He Turns to Military and Gives them the Gift of a Lifetime

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President Trump had an eventful morning this morning as he signed his long awaited tax bill in the Oval Office, which will immediately begin giving American people tax relief in February.

After the bill signing, Trump departed the White House on Marine One to Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base on his way to Florida.Related imageThe president will spend the Christmas holiday with his family at the MaraLago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida.

On the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews, Trump notices several military members waving to him so he immediately goes over to wish them a Merry Christmas.

He spent a good amount of time with the military members and their families, thanking them for their services and pausing for photos with anyone who asked.

Trump never hesitates to take time out of his schedule for our military heroes and this is something the American people love about this president!

Before boarding Marine One at Joint Base Andrews base late Saturday, President Donald Trump stopped twice to retrieve a Marine’s uniform dress hat that had been blown away by the wind.

The retrieval came as Trump arrived at Joint Base Andrews after an overseas trip that included stops in Warsaw, Poland, and Hamburg, Germany, for the G20 Summit.

Video shows that as Trump was walking to Marine One, he bent over to pick up the dress hat of a Marine who stood at attention awaiting him to board the presidential helicopter. The hat had been blown off the Marine’s head by the wind.

After retrieving the hat, Trump placed it back on the Marine’s head and patted him several times on the shoulder. But the strong wind proved too much for the hat, and it was immediately blown off just as quickly as Trump had replaced it.

Once it blew off the second time, Trump ran to retrieve i  before handing it to his Air Force escort who gave it back to       the Marine.

Despite the incident, the Marine did not lose his poise and was able to remain at attention the entire time.Image result for Trump gift to militaryThe Marines that fly, operate, maintain and secure the presidential helicopter known as “Marine One” when the president is onboard is a group of about 800

To the men and women of the Trump White House–the curious, the hopeful, the desperate and the dubious the all hands summons was a little out of the ordinary.

It invited everyone to a meeting the next day in an unusual place: not a room in the cramped West Wing or the much larger South Court Auditorium, which is typically used for such sessions, but the quieter marbled entryway of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House. After almost 200 days of infighting, leaks and operatic staff shake-ups, morale was running a bit thin. Hundreds of people, including dozens who have been exiled from the West Wing for a sorely needed renovation, turned up to meet the new boss.

No introduction was needed. John Kelly simply stepped to the microphone and said, “Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m from Boston.” As the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and other senior aides watched from the wings, the retired four-star Marine general then rallied the embattled troops and laid down new rules of engagement. He urged his staff to stop the infighting and set their egos and agendas (and any leaking) aside. With a nod to the Marine credo–God, Country, Corps–he told his audience that they must start serving a hierarchy that put the nation, and not the President, first: “Country, President, Self,” he said.

So began a new era at Donald Trump’s White House, one that might be his best, or last, chance for success. Almost overnight, Kelly shut the always-open door to the Oval Office, sent hangers-on back to their desks, fired the combustible communications director Anthony Scaramucci and told all the leaders of all the many White House factions to report to him, not to the President. No one knows whether Kelly will succeed, how long he might last or if the general’s starched-shirt discipline will be rejected by the client. Early results were mixed, and skeptics are not hard to find. But Kelly clearly arrived with a mission: to fix a broken system that the nation and the world depends on every day to keep the ship called Earth in the middle of the channel.

Of course, almost any new order is better than the chaos that reigned in the White House before July 31. “It’s at rock bottom,” said one White House aide of the mood when Kelly took over. That doesn’t mean brighter days ahead. “Well, with this White House, it could always get worse.”Related imageBut under Kelly, 67, that seems unlikely, both because Kelly won’t permit it and because Trump, who defers to virtually no one, shows a clear preference for, and deference to, the military brass. It’s a bit of a mystery why. Perhaps because he went to a military academy for five years, or because he imagines that they will do whatever he says, or because he just likes tough guys with a killer instinct, Trump likes generals. Rarely in U.S. history has a clutch of senior brass played such an outsize role in the affairs of state as they do now. The President’s chief of staff, his Defense Secretary James Mattis and his National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster are all either active-duty or retired generals. What makes the arrangement all the more interesting is that the three men are not only friends but longtime allies. Two of the three are Marines, and when you add Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs who, with Kelly, served under Mattis, it is safe to say the scrappy Marine Corps has never had so much clout in the chain of command.

Trump never hesitates to take time out of his schedule for our military heroes and this is something the American people love about this president!


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