Former president Donald trump praised a US serviceman who was pictured pulling an Afghan baby through the wall at Kabul airport during the Afghanistan withdrawal and brought him on stage at a rally on Saturday.
“We are also honored to be joined by one of the Marines who courageously served in Kabul during the withdrawal and helped evacuate the children over the airport and the airport wall,” Trump said. to a crowd of thousands gathered in Perry, Georgia. “You saw him, he did a great job Lance Corporal Hunter Ian Clark. Lance Corporal, come up here!
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Lance Corporal Clark approached the scene with cheers, and Trump called him a “handsome guy” as he approached.
“Hey, my name is Lance Corporal Hunter Clark, and I’m from Warner Robbins, Ga.,” Clark told the crowd. “I’m the guy who pulled the baby over the wall, and it’s probably one of the greatest things I’ve done in my whole life.”
Clark looked stifled, adding, “I just want to thank all the support from all of you. It really means a lot and I’m happy to be home now.”
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Clark then shook hands with the former president and left the stage chanting “USA! USA! USA!”
During his speech, Trump repeatedly criticized the way President Biden handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling it “the most appalling manifestation of incompetence.”
In the front row, Trump left 13 empty seats topped with roses to pay tribute to the 13 U.S. servicemen who lost their lives in an ISIS-K suicide bombing as the military attempted to evacuate.
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“In their memory tonight, we have 13 empty seats of honor right here in the front row,” Trump told the cheering crowd. “Our hearts go out to the families of all the service members we have lost, and I have spoken to many of them. They are great people.”