In honor of Mother’s Day, President Donald Trump and Melania Trump hosted a White House event to honor military mothers and spouses, who were eager to show their appreciation for their commander-in-chief and the first lady. Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway was present at the event, as well as Ivanka Trump and Karen Pence.
Melania was the picture of grace and decorum in a double-breasted navy blue dress with a matching navy patent leather belt as she thanked military mothers and spouses alike for the sacrifices they make every single day for the good of our country.
She spoke in the East Room of the White House, stating: “Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday, is celebrated just one time per year. I don’t know about all of you, but I think mothers should be celebrated each and every day. As a mother myself, I know what goes into raising a child. It takes an incredible amount of strength, a lot of time, a generous amount of patience, and all of your love. As moms, we are so incredibly privileged to be able to bring children into this world and be a part of helping them grow into adults.”
Melania continued speaking of the bonds of motherhood and the dedication and sacrifice required of a military mother as they send their babies to the various parts of the world. The first lady praised the mothers in the room for their dedication to their country, their families, and their spouses.
“Children bring us endless amount of both joy and fear, they fill us with pride through their triumphs, and they love us in a manner that only other mothers can understand.
Because of the powerful bond between a mother and her child, when they feel emotions, so do we. Whether they are happy or nervous, sad or excited, we feel those things with them. I think it is one of the most powerful and beautiful parts of motherhood.
Today, I want to take this opportunity to let you all know that as mothers who are members of the military community, you deserve recognition for not only your love for your children but for the dedication and sacrifice you make on behalf of our country each and every day.”
“She’s become a very, very popular first lady!” Trump stated of Melania as he introduced his wife to the group of over 300 military mothers and spouses. In response, the group let out large cheers and whoops of praise for the first lady.
President Trump also earned his share of applause after he spoke of signing a big pay raise for military families in the most recent budget agreement. The president also spoke about the hardship that spouses’ are often forced to endure during long deployments. “Some of them are much longer than you ever bargained for, and you routinely move your families around the country and all over the world,” the president said.
President Trump stated: “My administration is totally committed to every family that serves in the United States armed forces. Earlier this year, I was proud to sign that big pay raise … and I am proud of it. For a long time, military spouses have already shown the utmost devotion to our nation, and we want to show you our devotion in return. America owes a debt of gratitude to our military spouses — we can never repay you for all that you do.
“Your love, resilience, and courage uplifts our heroes and, indeed, our nation,” the president said. “We are forever in your debt.”
Following his remarks honoring military spouses and families, President Trump signed an executive order addressing military spouse unemployment by providing greater opportunities for military spouses to be considered for federal competitive service positions. The executive order is aimed at increasing opportunities for military spouses to obtain federal jobs and encouraging agencies to increase their use of the noncompetitive hiring authority for military spouses. President Trump states it is his hope the executive action would encourage private-sector businesses to follow suit in their hiring practices.
Speaking to a crowd of military spouses at the White House, the President said, “Your support is essential to making our military the mightiest fighting force in the world and getting stronger all the time. We can never repay you for all that you do. We know what you do, and your spouse knows what you do. We can never repay you for that, but we can and we will give you the opportunities you deserve.”
The unemployment rate for military spouses is 16%, four times the national average for female adults, a statistic the President noted.
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