On Thursday, President Donald Trump left the White House unannounced to board Marine One and head over to Walter Reed Hospital where he visited with wounded warriors for the Christmas holiday. During his time with our brave service members and their families, President Trump awarded 25-year-old injured service member Victor Prato with the Purple Heart for his heroism.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the interaction was "one of the most powerful moments" of her life.
"One of the most powerful moments of my life watching POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero," wrote Sanders. "Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces."
"The soldier was identified as 1st Lt. Victor Prato from the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion," reported The Washington Examiner. "He was injured last month during a deployment in Afghanistan, after he was involved with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device blast and motor vehicle rollover. He encountered multiple soft tissue injuries as a result."
Prato, a New York native, served two years in the Army.
White House social media director Dan Scavino captured the powerful moment on video and posted it to his Twitter account:
Before Trump boarded Marine One on Thursday, he told reporters inquiring about his departure, "We're just going to wish them a merry Christmas, a happy New Year. We love those people."