Trump to U.S. Military: ‘I Will Always Have Your Back’

By Melanie Arter | July 5, 2017 | 10:14am EDT
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (Screenshot of White House video)

( – In a 4th of July military appreciation event at the White House, President Donald Trump told attendees on Tuesday that he considers it a privilege to be their commander-in-chief and that he would always have their back.

“There could be no greater privilege than to serve as your commander-in-chief. I pledge my unwavering support for you, for your families, and your missions. I will always have your back. I will always, under all circumstances -- you'll be coming back here, and I will always have your back,” he said during the event on the South Lawn.

The president said he was praying for all the military service members around the globe who are “fighting our enemies and standing watch to protect our nation.”

“Each of you here today represents that rare combination of patriotism, virtue, and courage that our citizens have always -- and I mean always -- admired and that our enemies have always feared,” Trump said.

“At this moment, your brothers and sisters in arms are posted around the globe, fighting our enemies and standing watch to protect our nation. They're fighting for us.  We are thanking them, praying for them, and saluting them for their selfless sacrifice,” he added.

The president said the country is “doing really, really well.”

“No matter where you look, the economy is blazing, and on every front we're doing well, and we do have challenges, but we will handle those challenges -- believe me,” he said.

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