President Donald Trump spoke to the troops at the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, in Florida.
Before that, he had lunch with some of the soldiers on hand.
“Gonna make it a career?” Trump asked one person.
“C’mon, you have to stay,” he urged another.
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“Still deciding right now, sir,” the soldier answered Trump.
“You’ll like it better with me there. You’ll see,” Trump added.
Trump went around and asked the service members if they are going to “make it a career” and they gave him favorable responses.
The president spoke to top military brass, the first time since taking office.
“Finally, on behalf of the entire nation let me express our gratitude to all members of our military,” Trump said. “We salute the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, along with our civilian defense personnel, who are so important to the success of what we’re doing.”
“As your president, I have no higher duty than to protect the American people.”
Trump said that “we have to defend our nation. And we will do that, believe me. Each and every one of you is central to that mission,” he added. “We will ensure that the men and woman of our military have the tools, equipment, resources, training, and supplies you need to get the job done.”