Trump to soldier who lost a leg in Afghanistan: ‘Congratulations on behalf of Melania and myself’

During a visit to the Walter Reed Medical Center this Saturday, things got a little awkward when President Trump‘s choice of words didn’t quite fit the occasion.

Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos was wounded last month in Afghanistan after militants attacked his base in Helmland province. As a result of his injuries, Barrientos had his right leg amputated below the knee.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump held a small ceremonial event with Barrientos and his wife at the hospital and Trump awarded the veteran the Purple Heart, which is given to those wounded or killed during active duty.

“I heard about this and I wanted to do it myself,” Trump said as he pinned the medal on Barrientos’ collar. “Congratulations on behalf of Melania, myself, and the entire nation. Tremendous job.”

Trump’s awkward comments aside, we’d like to honor and thank Barrientos for his service.


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