On Feb. 6, President Donald Trump stopped to have lunch and converse with enlisted U.S. military members in Florida (video below).
He kept the chat lighthearted, talking about the Super Bowl and making jokes. When Trump asked a personnel member if they planned to “make a career” out of his military service, the soldier replied, “Still deciding right now, sir.”
“Come on, you have to stay. You’ll like it better with me there. You’ll see,” Trump responded.
Then Trump asked all the other military members the same question, to which all replied in agreement, according to Independent Journal Review.
The president later delivered praise for members of the military and their family at the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
“I want every military family to know that our administration is at your service. We stand with you 100 percent,” Trump said. “We will never, ever let you down.”
Trump stated he was his “highest duty” to safeguard the men and women serving in the military.
The Telegraph reports that Trump also vowed to let in people who “love us and want to love our country” in response to the backlash over the Muslim travel bans. Those who “want to destroy us and destroy our country” are kept out, he said.
“Freedom, security and justice will prevail,” Trump continued.
“We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism and we will not allow it to take root in our country. We’re not going to allow it.”
The bill prohibits people from seven countries — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan — from traveling to the U.S.
“You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it’s happening,” Trump told the CENTCOM audience.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”
Attorneys for Washington State and Minnesota declined to uphold the legislation. “Defendants now ask this Court to unleash chaos again by staying the district court order. The Court should decline,” they said in a joint statement.
Trump responded in kind by tweeting: “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”
Sources: Independent Journal Review, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr