On Thursday, the President hosted four veterans of World War II, following up on a birthday promise he made to Allen Jones in June.
Upon meeting the Commander-in-Chief onstage at the VFW’s annual national convention in Kansas City last year, Allen said, “I’m going to be 95 years of age on April 11 of next year. Hopefully, you will allow me to bring my family into the Oval Office to meet you.”
“Yes!” Trump replied.
Allen wasn’t done:
“One last thing, Mr. President: I ask you to autograph this picture personally, because this was taken with you when you were running for election as President of the United States.”
After the autograph, Trump walked the retired sergeant to the edge of the stage.
The encounter ended with a startling statement from the Leader of the Free World:
“This is a president that will have you in the Oval Office…with honor.”
On Thursday, that promise was fulfilled. Allen was welcomed into the White House — along with WWII vets Sidney Walton, Floyd Wigfield, and 103-year-old Paul Kriner.
"That was a great victory," Pres Trump said of World War II. "We knew how to win wars," he told the veterans. "This is a special moment," he said of the veterans visit. pic.twitter.com/8Fb5Uhaenm
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 11, 2019
“I want to be like all of you someday,” @POTUS says, noting some of the vets are 100 or older. “You don’t look a day over 90.,” he tells 103-year-old Paul Kriner, before rolling in his chair to shake hands with a few. (Photo by print pooler @BennettJohnT) pic.twitter.com/OfoJqIKA0o
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 11, 2019
Beautiful afternoon in the Oval Office today with a few great American HEROES! pic.twitter.com/HYEI83NVrm
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2019
Now that’s a president.
But moreso, those are heroes — men who risked their lives, back when Americans fought willingly out of love for their country. At a time when both sides of the political aisle applauded them. The Greatest Generation.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Jones, Mr. Kriner, Mr. Wigfield, and Mr. Walton.
And thank you, Mr. Trump, for honoring them all.
**For another great promise-keeping moment from the President, see the moving story of a terminally ill man here.
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