President Donald Trump took a moment to reflect on his own mother’s influence during his official Mother’s Day message on Sunday morning.
“So much of what I’ve done and so much of what I’ve become is because of my mother. I miss her a lot,” he said.
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The president started his message with a word about the strength and passion of American mothers throughout history, saying that our republic could not have been built without them.
My fellow Americans, today is one of the most important days of the year: Mother’s Day. It’s a special opportunity to thank all of the mothers and grandmothers in our lives. Since the earliest days of our republic, America’s strength has come from the love and courage and devotion of our mothers. They helped us gain our independence. Through their grit, determination, and incredible spirit, they pioneered the West and settled the frontier. During World War II, America’s mothers helped build the greatest arsenal for democracy.
Trump went on to talk about his own mother, the Scottish-born Mary MacLeod, who came to the United States in 1930 and became a citizen just over a decade later. He credited her with at least a portion of his own success, calling her “tough, if she needed to be” and “a really nice person.”
The president concluded with a simple message to all mothers in America. “So, I say this to you as I think about my mother: Happy Mother’s Day, and God bless the United States of America.”