President Trump and Vice President Pence have been working hard to spread the holiday cheer.
Even the Secretary of Defense James Mattis joined Mike Pence and President Trump this Thursday as they all went on undisclosed trips.
Donald Trump set a strong yet positive example as he showed up at the Walter Reed National Medical Center to show his support to all the disabled affiliates.
While Donald Trump was at the National Medical Center, he met with wounded service members.
In a moment that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described as “one of the most powerful moments” of her life, Trump presented a wounded service member with the Purple Heart:
One of the most powerful moments of my life watching @POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero. Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces. pic.twitter.com/AtoaboF4DE
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 21, 2017
Mattis mixes it up with troops at Gitmo. Tosses out a little humor: “I don’t have stress anymore. I create it.” pic.twitter.com/JUVL0UbFXp
— Robert Burns (@robertburnsAP) December 21, 2017
And then, Vice President Pence traveled all the way to Afghanistan to thank hundreds of troops for Christmas. His trip was kept a secret for safety reasons until he arrived.
He gave a speech to thank the troops for their commitment to securing the region with the goal of restoring peace.
In a bold statement, Pence spoke in front of a 40-foot-tall American flag.
He informed everyone in the room they were “making real progress” and that they “put the Taliban on the offensive.” Pence went on, saying, “I believe victory is closer than ever before. I believe with all my heart that Afghanistan will be free.”
Happening now: Vice President Mike Pence addressing troops during unannounced trip to Afghanistan. https://t.co/lI873ig5u6
— ABC News (@ABC) December 21, 2017
He then took time to talk with the service members.
And of course, there were lots of pictures.