Donald Trump Meets with World War II Veterans: ‘That Was a Great Victory’

President Donald Trump is presented with a cap by World War II veterans, seated from left, Sidney Walton, joined by fellow WW II veterans Allen Jones, Paul Kriner and Floyd Wigfield, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

President Donald Trump met with four World War II veterans at the White House on Thursday, introducing them to the press at the Oval Office.

“That was a great victory, we knew how to win wars, that was a tremendous victory,” Trump said after visiting with the four men.

Sidney Walton, a former medic in World War II, was traveling the country to raise awareness of the disappearing veterans as a member of the “No Regrets” tour across America.

Walton asked Trump to let him join the president onstage in an upcoming rally the next time he was in Pittsburg.

“That’s why he’s successful, he’s very aggressive,” Trump quipped to the press and agreed to arrange it.

“I want to be like you one day,” Trump said, noting the veterans’ advanced age and praising their “great genes.”

Veteran Paul Kriner was 103-years-old.

“He doesn’t look a day over 90,” Trump joked.

Kriner recalled that his team was in 517 days of combat during the war.

“We’re proud of him, we’re proud of all of you,” Trump said.

Floyd Wigfield said that he was on Utah Beach in the war in June 1944 as part of the third wave of soldiers.

“That was a pretty brutal area at the time, wasn’t it?” Trump said.

Wigfield said he was on the battlefield for 19 days before he was wounded. Later, he was redeployed back to Germany.

Trump said he would attend the 75th-anniversary recognition of D-Day this summer in France.

One of the organizers told Trump that Wigfield wanted to fly back from the event in France with the president.

“We’ll work that out. You’ll like Air Force One,” he said with a grin.

Walton has been touring the nation to raise awareness that World War II Veterans.

“I joined the Army to fight Hitler,” veteran Allen Jones said, saying that it was a great day in his life to meet the president.

“That was a good reason,” Trump replied.

One of the organizers gave the president a hat and asked him to share a photo on Twitter.

“I don’t tweet too much,” he joked.

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