Doubtless, President Donald Trump has a tough job as leader of the free world, but he took a moment on Wednesday to tell the press what the hardest part of his job is.
According to him, the most difficult part is writing letters to the families of fallen soldiers, and even attending the moments where the bodies of soldiers are brought home from overseas in a coffin with an American flag draped over it, and hearing the screams and sobs of the parents.
“The hardest thing I have to do, by far, much harder than the witch hunt, is signing letters to parents of soldiers that have been killed,” Trump said. “And it’s not only that — in areas where there’s not a lot of upside, if there’s any upside at all, and in many cases, it’s only downside.”
“The hardest thing I have to do is signing those letters. That’s the hardest thing I have to do. And each letter is different,” Trump continued. “We make each letter different. And last week, I signed five of them for Afghanistan; one in Iraq; one in Syria, from two weeks ago. And sometimes I call the parents. Sometimes I see the parents. I go to Dover, when I can, but it’s — it’s so devastating for the parents that — you know. It’s so devastating when they bring that boy or young woman out of the back of those big, powerful planes in a coffin, and the parents are there.”
“And then I see it. And I see people that were smiling, “Oh, Mr. President, thank you for being here. Thank you for being here.” And I think they’re doing great. And then, twenty minutes later, we’ll be outside when that big plane pulls up and that door comes down, and they are walking the coffin with their boy inside this coffin with an American flag over the top. And they’re walking that coffin down this ramp,” said Trump.
“And I’ve seen people that I thought were really incredible the way they were ta- — I didn’t even understand how they could take it so well — scream, like I’ve never seen anything before,” he continued. “Sometimes they’ll run to the coffin. They’ll break through military barriers. They’ll run to the coffin and jump on top of the coffin. Crying mothers and wives. Crying desperately.”
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
This is likely a move included in his reasons to stop the war in Syria and withdraw our troops, and many may see this as an attempt to use an emotional argument to gain public opinion for his side. Regardless, I can’t imagine having to be in his position and do that kind of thing.
Whether you think Trump is right or wrong on this, having to do this kind of thing can’t be easy on anyone.