President Trump Participates in a Meeting with Medal of Honor Recipients

The President:
Thank you very much. This is a great
honor for me. These are very, very brave
people standing behind me. And we’re here today to
mark Medal of Honor Day, and it is my great
privilege and high honor to welcome 25 Medal of
Honor recipients to our White House. Very special honor,
thank you all very much. (Applause.) I can say
officially they are much braver than I am, okay? (Laughter.) Do you agree
with that, General? General Mattis: I
do, Mr. President. (Laughter.) Medal Of
Honor Recipient: That’s the right answer. (Laughter.) The President: It is the right answer. One-third of the nation’s
75 living Medal of Honor recipients are with us. So it’s really — that’s
a great tribute to all of us, a great tribute
to our nation. Each of you has risen
above and beyond the call of duty in defense of our
country, our people, and our flag. You have poured out your
hearts, your sweat, and your tears like few
others, and your blood — most importantly your
blood for the United States of America. We thank you, very
much thank you. You are the soul of our
nation, and a grateful republic salutes you. Constantly we’re
saluting you. We have great admiration
and respect, believe me. I know what you’ve
been through. We write your names and
deeds in our national memory, and we will
forever remember — forever, forever and ever
— those who did not come home, but who died for
the cause of freedom. I want to thank the
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for
preserving the incredible stories of our Medal of
Honor heroes for future generations. Done a great job. In this room hangs the
portrait of our 26th President, Theodore
Roosevelt. He was awarded the Medal
of Honor for his courage alongside his band of
Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill. You know about the
Rough Riders, right? Right? Absolutely. His medal, which is also
displayed here, is a reminder of how blessed we
truly are to live in the land of heroes. And you are our
greatest heroes. To all of those gathered
here today, and to all of those warriors who could
not be with us, we thank you. Your acts of valor inspire
us — and they show us that there is always
someone on the night watch to ensure a bright sun
rises on America each and every morning. God bless you. God bless our military
and God bless the United States of America. I want to just thank you
very much for being here. It’s my great honor. (Applause.) And as you
know, we have David who is doing a great
job at the VA. Already tremendous signs
are happening, positive signs. And we have General Mattis
who is doing a great job out there on the field,
and you see a big difference. A lot of difference taking
place over the last six weeks. So I want to thank
General Mattis, too. And thank you all, and
it’s great to have met you. Oh, look at this. Medal Of Honor Recipient:
Mr. President, on behalf of the Medal of Honor
Society, I’d like to present a book “Portraits
of Valor,” which contains all the signatures of the
men in the room here, plus about 200 Medal of
Honor recipients. The President:
That is very nice. That is very nice. (Applause.) I know these
folks would like to stand behind me when I do this,
but I don’t want to put them in a political
situation, so we’re going to talk a little politics. And I think it might be
unfair to them, so I’ll ask them to — they’re
going to go over to the Roosevelt Room, and we’ll
see you a little bit later. We’re going to do —
unless the press doesn’t want to talk politics? (Laughter.) No? Okay, well, they do. But I want to thank
you all very much.

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