There were no official events on President Trump’s schedule today. This is very strange for a president and administration who is always on the move, particularly during the week with so much breaking news. Many assumed that the empty schedule was in order to have free leverage to orchestrate the signing of the freshly passed GOP tax bill. Reporters expected to hear an announcement for a signing ceremony at any time.
So many were puzzled as the president exited the White House and walked toward Marine One. Trump did not answer any questions except for one: “Where are you going?”
President Trump said he was headed to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded warriors for the holidays and “wish them a Merry Christmas.”
Commander-in-Chief is off to Walter Reed to visit our AMAZING troops… pic.twitter.com/pThB1zvBdz
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) December 21, 2017
.@POTUS speaks to reporters as he departs for Walter Reed National Medical Center: "We're just gonna wish them a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and we love those people." pic.twitter.com/rGYT0o8hzq
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) December 21, 2017
Trump visiting wounded soldiers today at Walter Reed. pic.twitter.com/00Nf6QtBn6
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) December 21, 2017
The president took no further questions.
Walter Reed the largest military hospital in the country and serves as the first stateside stop for any US military personnel injured overseas. Trump has since arrived at Walter Reed Hospital, according to the White House pool.
The move to visit and spend time with the troops should come as no surprise to those who followed the Trump Administration closely. During Donald Trump’s first week as president he left the White House quite suddenly to attend the funeral of a Navy SEAL. In the following months the trumps and his administration have spent a great deal of time on military bases and meeting with military members and their families. Both the President and Vice President spent time serving active duty members of the Armed Forces during their Thanksgiving Day respite.
Even in a time of such immense breaking news, the president finds time for the troops.
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