Donald Trump Visits Wounded Troops at Walter Reed Before Christmas Vacation

US President Donald Trump meets with wounded veterans and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, December 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump spent Thursday afternoon visiting wounded members of the armed forces prior to leaving for his Christmas vacation.

Trump left the White House and spoke briefly to reporters before boarding Marine One to travel to the military hospital.

“I’m heading over right now to Walter Reed Military Medical Center to say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world,” Trump said. “They’re great people. … We’ll be over there for a while, but we’re just going to wish them a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and we love those people.”

White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly was with him.

The president visited with several wounded soldiers and members of their families at the hospital.

The list included:

Sergeant John Peck and his wife Jessica

Staff Sergeant Liam Dwyer and his wife Meghan

Chief Warrant Officer Bradley Palm and his wife Keri

Petty Officer Raven Thomas

Staff Sergeant Franz Walkup

Staff Sergeant Daniel Frawley and his wife Susan along with his children Joshua and Amber

He also presented the Purple Heart to First Lieutenant Victor Prato, 25, of the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Prato suffered multiple injuries after his vehicle hit an IED in November 2017 while fighting in Afghanistan.

Congress is still in session, as they are working on a government funding resolution to prevent the government from shutting down before Christmas. Trump is scheduled to spend Christmas with his family at his Mar-a-Lago club.

Trump last traveled to Walter Reed in August, where he personally awarded a Purple Heart to a soldier wounded in Afghanistan.

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