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Trump Awards Purple Heart To Wounded Army Sergeant

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Donald Trump awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant Saturday who was wounded in Afghanistan.

Though most of the press expected the president to play a round of golf that day, the president instead took a trip to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with First Lady Melania Trump. It was there he gave Sgt. First Class Alvaro Barrientos the award.

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Barrientos’s right leg was amputated below the knee after he was injured in March.

“When I heard about this, I wanted to do it myself,” Trump said. “Congratulations on behalf of Melania and myself and the entire nation. Tremendous, tremendous job, congratulations.”

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Trump stuck around after the ceremony and toured the facility while visiting with other service members for about 90 minutes.