(National Sentinel)Â Gratitude: President Donald J. Trump, in an address to the pilots and air crews of Marine One, the presidential helicopter fleet, praised staff and personnel after they gave him a special Christmas gift.
“SoÂ they gave me this hat,â€ Trump said at theÂ Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, Virginia, according to a White House transcript of his remarks.
â€œIt says, â€˜Presidential Helicopter Squadron.â€™ Would you wear it? Now, no other president would do this. But I will, because Iâ€™m proud of you,â€ he added, garnering applause from the Marines in attendance.
â€œIâ€™m proud of you,â€ Trump said again. â€œWhat the hell.â€
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â€œFor more than half a century, Marine Helicopter Squadron One has served as one of the most visible symbols of the presidency,â€ the president said in addressing Marine personnel â€œToday, there are few sights more awe-inspiring than Marine One flying up the Potomac â€” true, incredible â€” past the Washington Monument and landing on the South Lawn of the White House.
â€œItâ€™s an incredible privilege to take that flight.â€
The president also recalled the first time he boarded Marine One, sayingÂ he â€œfelt very, very good aboutâ€ America.
â€œIâ€™m very proud of our country when I got that first flight and every time I get on it,â€ he said. â€œSo I appreciate the job you do.â€
He noted that “nothing is more reassuring” than the image of a Marine standing guard when he leaves and enters the White House.
â€œAnd my pledge to you is that I will have your back just as you will always â€” and have always â€” had mine,” he said.
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