President Donald Trump awarded the nation’s highest military honor Monday to a Vietnam War veteran who saved wounded soldiers from a kill zone despite his own serious injuries.
Army medic Spc. James McCloughan, a 71-year-old from South Haven, Michigan, received the Medal of Honor for actions in combat. McCloughan’s recognition, which took place at a White House ceremony, marked Trump’s first time presenting the award.
McCloughan found himself in the two-day long Battle of Hui Yon Hill in Vietnam in 1969 when he was a private first class at 23 years old.
Officials say McCloughan willingly entered the “kill zone” to rescue 10 wounded and disoriented comrades despite his own serious injuries caused by shrapnel from a rock-propelled grenade.
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U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met with President Trump at the White House on Monday to talk about the two weeks that followed the July 14 terror attack on the Temple Mount.
Senior advisor Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt were included in the midday debriefing, the Jerusalem Post reported.
President Trump’s lack of response to the shooting and the rioting that followed surprised many in Israel.
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THE WHITE HOUSE / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This is our first Cabinet meeting with General Kelly. He will be Chief of Staff, as you know. We all know him, we respect him, admire what he’s done. And at Homeland, what he has done has been nothing short of miraculous. As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage. And even the President of Mexico called me — they said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment. Continue reading “Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump holds Cabinet meeting (Remarks)”
President Trump swore in his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, on Monday morning, formalizing a shake-up in his top ranks that was announced Friday evening with word of the resignation of Reince Priebus.
“We look forward to – if it’s possible – an even better job as chief of staff,” Trump said to Kelly, formerly the secretary of homeland security.
“I’ll try, sir,” Kelly replied. Continue reading “Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump swears in John Kelly as new chief of staff”
9:30 am: Participates in the swearing-in of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly
10:00 am: Leads a Cabinet meeting
11:30 am: Meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
1:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson
3:00 pm: Presents the Medal of Honor