The day before the United States celebrates the Founding Fathers declaring their independence from Great Britain, first lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to the wounded service members recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Trump’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, made the announcement shortly after they had arrived at the hospital:
.@FLOTUS has just arrived to @WRBethesda for an unannounced visit to combat injured service members & their families. This administration will never stop supporting our men & women in uniform & the families who love them. Thank you!!! 🇺🇸
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) July 3, 2018
“I had a wonderful visit to @WRBethesda today,” Trump tweeted. “Thank you to the many dedicated service members & medical staff who take such good care of our men & women in uniform.”
This is not the first time someone from the Trump family visited Walter Reed before a holiday.
President Donald Trump visited Walter Reed before Christmas last year and personally awarded a soldier 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,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted.