WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dropped by the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. Thursday for a meet-and-greet with about 100 Marines.
The first family made their way around a room full of soldiers sitting at tables, with the president stopping to shake hands and whisper quiet words of gratitude for their service.
Among the Marines that the president met with were a number who assisted rescue efforts when the nearby Arthur Capper Public Housing complex, a seniors facility, caught fire in September.
Videos of the soldiers rushing toward the scene of the fire quickly went viral.
Marines come running to help after fire breaks out at DC senior building, video shows https://t.co/7gikApNIVs
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 21, 2018
Neither Trump nor the first lady made public remarks, but the president did offer his thanks to veterans and active service members in a speech at the White House.
He also took the opportunity to tout the work his administration has done to help Veterans Affairs.
“The fact is, I’ve done a lot,” Trump quipped. “It’s more than anybody’s ever even thought about and I’m proud of it.”
The president’s emphasis on the military comes after he faced criticism at home and abroad for failing to visit an American cemetery during a trip to Paris last week, a decision that Trump has attributed to both the weather and the advice of Secret Service.
By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetery in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018