On Monday night, First Lady Melania Trump and her husband Donald Trump hosted Gold Star family members at the White House. She reminded Americans of the “selfless sacrifice” made by the military men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.
“It was a privilege to welcome Gold Star Families to the White House today to recognize our Nation’s fallen heroes and their families,” said Melania Trump in a statement. “To all those who have lost loved ones in service to our country, our nation grieves with you.”
“It is a solemn reminder that we, the American people, are able to live as freely as we do because of the selfless sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. We remain indebted to each of them and we honor them today, together, with their families,” she continued.
About 40 Gold Star families were in attendance at the event. The first lady also thanked “the men and women currently serving overseas and their families.”
She also stated that she and her husband President Trump would “always pay tribute to our active service military, veterans, and the families who love them.”
“We send our prayers to all of those in harm’s way, and may God bless the United States of America,” she concluded.
For the privacy of the families of the fallen servicemen and women, the event was closed to the press. The event was also the first public event made by the first lady since her May 14 medical procedure.
Her absence was heavily scrutinized by the media, prompting the first lady to respond on social media.
“I see the media is working overtime speculating where I’m at and what I'm doing,” she wrote. “Rest assured, I’m here at the White House with my family, feeling great and working hard on behalf of children and the American people!”