On Monday, President Donald Trump visited MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, where he had lunch with some of the personnel stationed there and gave a speech afterwards.
“You know, sir, most of the troops here are young enough that they came in after 9/11. They all volunteered knowing they were coming to a conflict. They’re all smart kids. They had options in life, but they chose to serve,” said one man seated at the table, presumably someone with considerable seniority.
Trump then asked a service member if he was planning to make a career out of the military.
“Still deciding right now, sir,” said the serviceman.
“Come on, you have to stay. You’ll like it better with me there. You’ll see,” said Trump, to laughter at the table.
While it was something of a joke, Trump’s remark also hit upon a heavy truth. Under former President Barack Obama, the military was treated badly, with troops not being allowed to do what was necessary to defend America and being given shoddy equipment.
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Trump has promised to rebuild our military and to allow our troops to do what they need to do to ensure that America is safe from threats from abroad.
Trump has a great respect for our military servicemen and women — and they have a great respect for him. Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t want to have to send men and women into combat, but he will do what is necessary if this country is threatened.
We’re confident that the next four years will see the military again getting the respect that it deserves, thanks to Donald Trump.
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