President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to personally visit Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos, a soldier wounded in Afghanistan.
The Trumps visited Barrientos and his wife as the president awarded him a Purple Heart.
“When I heard about this I wanted to do it myself,” Trump said. “Congratulations. Tremendous.”
The Trumps motorcaded to Walter Reed in the rain as protesters in Washington D.C. launched a “March for Science.” The White House press pool was present for the ceremony. The Trumps spent about an hour and a half meeting with service members and touring the facility before leaving the hospital.
Later that evening, the Trumps went to the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. for dinner.