'I wanted one': Trump told veterans he wanted to give himself the Medal of Honor

Abbie Bennett
August 22, 2019 - 10:01 am

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President Donald Trump says he wanted to give himself the Medal of Honor but was advised against it. 

During the AMVETS 75th Annual National Convention Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., the president began by congratulating recipients of the Silver Helmet award, including World War II veteran Woody Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient, who was present in the audience of the convention. 

"Nothing like the Medal of Honor," Trump said. "I wanted one, but they told me I don't qualify, Woody. I said, 'Can I give it to myself anyway?' They said, 'I don't think that's a good idea.'"

Trump made the comment with a grin, and his audience of veterans laughed throughout. 

"Great, great people," Trump continued. "These are great, great men and women who get the Congressional Medal of Honor."


During the same speech, the president announced and then immediately signed an executive order to create a process to more easily eliminate all federal student loan debt for 100-percent disabled veterans

'Eliminate every penny': Fully disabled veterans' federal student debt will be erased, Trump says

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