A 94-year-old World War II veteran had an emotional moment as he stood beside President Donald Trump on a Missouri stage and made a request that could not be denied.
Sergeant Alan Q. Jones from Pennsylvania was invited by the president to join him onstage during an address at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention in Kansas City on Tuesday.
The life-long VFW member received several standing ovations as he praised Trump’s support of veterans and recalled his own experiences.
“This is one of the highlights of this 94-year-old man,” Jones said after asking the president if he could say a few words. Trump immediately said yes, adding “I’ve got time,” as the crowd cheered.
“My children are watching me today, hopefully, to know that their dad got to stand beside the president of the United States,” Jones said emotionally.
A touching and humorous moment occurred as Jones asked Trump for a request, prompting a great response from the president as he jokingly expressed worry about what the request could be.
“Mr. President, I want to ask you something,” Jones said.
“I have been told that I could never enter the Oval Office in Washington, D.C.,” he continued. “I am going to be 95 years of age April 11 of next year. Hopefully, you will allow me to bring my family into the Oval Office to meet you.”
Jones had barely finished when the president emphatically responded, “Yes. Any time you want!”
The audience gave them a standing ovation.
“One last thing,” Jones said, as the crowd laughed.
He then asked if Trump could sign a picture of the two of them which was taken during the 2016 campaign. The president happily obliged.
“This is a president that will have you in the Oval Office … with honor,” Trump told Jones as he left the stage.
The president’s address at the convention came on the heels of Senate approval of Robert Wilkie as the next Veterans Affairs secretary on Monday, following Trump’s attempts to fill the position after he fired then-Secretary David Shulkin in March.
Meanwhile, as the president honored veterans gathered in Missouri on Tuesday, back in Florida – the home of Trump’s Winter White House – a local Democratic elected official in Palm Beach County was under fire for a vulgar and disrespectful attack on a military veteran.
The chairman of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County demanded the resignation of Patricia Edmonson after she “belittled” the veteran, called him a “traitor,” several times, “cursed at him using the f-word, and insulted his service.”
In stark contrast, Trump’s efforts to take care of veterans makes good on his campaign promises and his obvious esteem for the military has earned him much respect. The entire exchange with Sgt. Jones won him more admiration and thanks from patriotic Americans.
The President’s reaction shows his great respect and love for WWII vets especially
— Fred White (@FredWhi92587143) July 25, 2018
Very touching to see this 94 year old WWII vet. Love this moment??????
— Rebecca Eastman (@precusbat) July 25, 2018
It great to have a real patriot as President real patriots like this veteran can be proud of to have as president.
— Andrew Piontek (@andrew_piontek) July 25, 2018
A veteran wouldn’t even think about asking Obama for his autograph, and a hug, forget about it.
— Nick Pallitto (@npallitto) July 24, 2018
Why I voted for @realDonaldTrump! His admiration and respect for the military and police is real! I was disgusted with the way our military and police were being treated and he is weeding out the worst of the FBI. This is awesome. My dad served in WWII this is just so cool.
— Jeanne Tredway (@jeannetredway) July 25, 2018
He may say some dumb stuff sometimes, but moments like this are priceless.
— david spratt (@Oil_vampire) July 24, 2018
This is the kind of thing that makes me #ProudToBeAnAmerican ?❤???✨
— See Tara Tweet ??✨ (@the_tara_tweets) July 24, 2018
Gotta say these 1 on 1 interactions are where DJT shines
— Susan Westler (@SWestler) July 24, 2018
He wanted the invite for his 95th b-day.
He was a great guy, dedicated over 70 years of his life serving our nation and warriors. He deserved the invitation and I loved our POTUS even more for his treatment of this amazing man and immediate, easy, invite ?
— Unabashed (@NizWolf) July 25, 2018
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