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President Trump Continues Support For Military By Personally Awarding A Purple Heart To Afghanistan Vet

President Donald Trump has been a staunch supporter of the military both as a candidate on the campaign trail and during his term as president to date. Of course, strong support for the military is a key issue for his base, but it also seems that the Commander-in-Chief has sincere personal feelings on this issue.

Political pundits point out that President Trump has held firm on increasing military budgets as an important part of his national security and immigration plan, and that Congress has cooperated in almost all of his requests. Future increases to military budgets, however, are likely to see less support given the growing deficit and the giant GOP tax cut that will notably reduce government revenue at least over the short term.

President Trump took some time out of his busy holiday schedule last week before he jetted off to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday to stand by the hospital bedside of a wounded American soldier to personally bestow a Purple Heart. Media sources report that the U.S. Army Lieutenant who was awarded the Purple Heart medal was injured on patrol in Afghanistan.

It seems that the pro-military president arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington D.C., on Thursday afternoon, and he took a few minutes to visit with 25-year-old First Lieutenant Victor Prato after the bedside award ceremony.

The unlucky Prato was deployed in Afghanistan when an IED exploded in late November that caused his vehicle to roll over. The vehicle rollover led to the popular Army Lieutenant from upstate New York sustaining multiple injuries.

During his remarks while presenting the Purple Heart award, Trump called Prato and others wounded US vets like him "some of the bravest people anywhere in the world."

Keep in mind that President Trump's visit to the venerable Walter Reed veteran’s hospital is keeping with a long of tradition of presidents visiting wounded soldiers over the holiday season. President Obama also carried on the tradition of visiting with wounded vets every year during his two terms in office.

"We're just going to wish them a merry Christmas, a happy New Year," Trump grandiosely told the assembled members of the media during the mandatory presser in the hospital lobby. "We love those people."

Trump is known as a major supporter of the military, but he has been feuding with Republican Senator John McCain since the summer of 2015 when he denigrated the service of Vietnam vet and prisoner of war McCain.

In his comments, Trump said that McCain was only a “war hero” because he was wounded, and went on to say that “he liked guys that weren’t captured”, referring flippantly to McCain’s five and half years in a POW camp where he was repeatedly tortured by the Viet Cong.

Source: Inside Edition
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Inside Edition

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