Trump to visit wounded service members at Walter Reed on Saturday
President Donald Trump will travel to Walter Reed hospital on Saturday to visit wounded service members, the White House has confirmed.
“President Trump is expected to travel to Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday to visit brave combat wounded service members and their families as well as health care staff who have been caring for Covid-19 patients during the pandemic,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said on Thursday.
Trump, who has refused to wear a mask in public at events where social distancing was not observed, told Fox News that he will wear a mask during the visit.
“You’re in a hospital setting, I think it’s a very appropriate thing,” the president told Sean Hannity. “I have no problem with a mask.”
Trump has visited Walter Reed twice back in 2017 and met with wounded service members in November of 2019. The president also visited the facility frequently in 2018 when first lady Melania Trump was recovering from a kidney operation.
It is very common for sitting presidents to visit the military hospital. Both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama visited often and called the experience very emotional. But it’s also inspirational to see Americans recovering from terrible injuries.
“I come to Walter Reed to do a couple of things; first, to pay my respects to those who have been wounded. I’ve come to pay my respects to the healers and doctors and nurses, and thank them for their service. I can truthfully say that the health care our troops receive here is first-class,” said President George W. Bush during a visit.
In 2019, Sully H.W. Bush, the former service dog to late President George H.W. Bush, joined the medical center’s dog team. He was appointed to the rank of hospital corpsman second class.
“Your appointment as a petty officer in the United States Navy makes you heir to a long and proud tradition of naval leadership,” said a Navy spokesman at the Bethesda, Maryland, ceremony. The dog then was outfitted with a vest representing the medical center’s dog team.
The hospital dogs average 2,500 contacts and over 200 working hours per month, collectively, according to the medical center.
President Trump’s visit comes on the same day that he will also hold a rally in New Hampshire. The event is outdoors and the campaign is expecting a large turnout.
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