President Donald Trump made his fifth visit to the Mountain State on Tuesday, July 3rd, for the Salute to Service dinner event held at the historic Greenbrier Resort.
The Greenbrier Classic had been rebranded as A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, and this inaugural dinner event was meant to honor the countless men and women who served their country.
Jim Nantz gave the opening remarks of the evening and asked the servicemen and women to stand for their recognition. Following Nantz was Governor Jim Justice, a noted supporter and personal friend of the President.
Governor Jim Justice introduced President Trump with a glowing introduction.
President Trump wasted no time mentioning that he won the state by 42 points after a standing ovation. The President then assured the people that they would be happy with the next Supreme Court nominee, which is set to be announced Monday.
The President proceeded to give a few shoutouts to some of the golfers present, followed by some of the other esteemed guests of the room, including Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Senate-hopeful Patrick Morrisey.
After acknowledging the veterans and serving personnel, the President spoke about the importance of ICE and border security, while lambasting Democrats for their push for abolishing ICE.
While discussing the new VA Accountability Act, the President also took time to speak very highly of West Virginia’s very own Iwo Jima veteran Hershel Woody Williams, and a Gold Star Spouse Christine Pusateri. Christine’s husband, Chris, was a Sergeant in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Chris was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.
In addition, Trump mentioned the increasing transparency being instituted in VA programs and VA Choice, a program allowing veterans to be by a doctor much sooner.
The President then took a jab the media present in the room by pivoting to the economy, mentioning that unemployment rates for both Black and Hispanic people being the lowest in history. Trump also mentioned the resurgence of coal and it’s importance in our vital National Security.
To close his speech, President Trump urged the room to come together in love of country and flag, and that the veterans and servicemen deserve their due thanks and respect. With a few more thanks given to the Governor, the people of WV, and the service personnel, the President waved goodbye to the room filled with a standing ovation.
Last night, President Trump delivered remarks at the Salute to Service dinner.
Posted by The White House on Wednesday, July 4, 2018