During his time as president, Donald Trump always took the time to honor the military.
And it touched him deeply.
Donald Trump shared a heartrending sight he experienced as president.
Former President Donald Trump was the first president in forty years who didn’t send U.S. troops into a new conflict during his time in office.
He deeply respected the military members and was unwilling to needlessly put brave young Americans in harm’s way.
The sacrifice that soldiers made was something personal to Trump who shared on Saturday night how he witnessed Gold Star families who dealt with the grief of their fallen loved ones returning home in a casket.
“I’d visit soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, where the doctors are truly fantastic, what they can do,” Trump began. “I’d see these young people who were blown to pieces, and it’s, it’s just so sad.”
“I’d be at Dover where these magnificent machines, the big cargo planes, and that door would open up and there’d be a coffin in the back. And the military soldiers would take that coffin and walk it off the plane,” he said.
“And I’d be with the parents, an hour before, and we’d be talking,” he went on. “And I’d say to the general in charge, ‘general, the parents seem to be okay.’ And he’d say, ‘no, they’re not, sir, they’re not okay,’” Trump continued.
“They’d tell me these stories about … they were just so in love with telling the stories about their son or their daughter,” he said. “And then, I’d look at the general and say, ‘Well, it’s amazing the way they can handle it.’ And then the plane would come in and the general would say, ‘Sir, it’s not going to be good.’
“And that door would open up, that big back door, right? Would open up from this incredible powerful machine that can lift up Army tanks like it’s nothing. And it would open up. And there would be one or two or three or four coffins. And I’d see the same people who were talking to me, so jubilant about their child, how great the child was, would start screaming. Screaming. Screams like I’ve never heard before. It was the most terrible thing to watch.
“The general in charge would say, ‘Sir, you’re going to see things that you maybe will not have seen.’ ‘Like what general?’ He said, ‘mothers and wives and even fathers sometimes breaking in through the military ranks and jumping on top of the coffin.’ And I got to see that one time. Where a mother was so, just, she was just absolutely, she was devastated. She jumped on and these incredible, extremely fit soldiers are taking that coffin, and would jump onto the coffin. And they would just keep walking, they wouldn’t do a thing. They would just keep walking. And the mother was on the coffin.”
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