During Barack Obama’s time as president, he was never one for being openly respectful and affectionate towards the military. Remember the latte salute, anyone?
Well, after eight years of Obama, there’s a new sheriff in town — Donald J. Trump. And, as you may have noticed, his attitude toward the military is a little different.
Nowhere was that more evident than when the president arrived in Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday prior to his campaign-style rally in Phoenix.
According to ABC News, Trump visited Marine Air Station Yuma, a Marine Corps base on the U.S.-Mexico border. The visit was part of the president’s push for stronger border security — including his signature infrastructure project, the border wall. As the president got off of Air Force One in Yuma, Marines lined up to greet the president. And Trump was more than happy to greet them as well, grabbing their caps and signing them.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Lauren Butler wrote on her Instagram account that “today was the highlight of my Marine Corps career. Thank you, President Trump, for coming to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma today to shake some hands and sign some covers! It was a day I’ll never forget.”
“Meeting President Trump was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had,” Butler told American Military News. “I’ve always been a Trump supporter, so I was extremely excited. But regardless of your political views, shaking hands with the president is extremely humbling and something you’ll never forget.”
That’s a heck of a lot different than a latte salute.
Under Barack Obama, our Marines were left holding umbrellas in the rain. And if you think that’s just symbolic, think again. Just look what happened in Benghazi.
This is clearly a president who cares about our troops and is willing to give them the respect they deserve. After eight years, that’s a refreshing change.
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