When the media got wind of it, they characterized the meeting as a “photo op” for the president to “once again, wrap himself in the flag of the military.” Yet NOT a single photo from the event was allowed to be distributed to the media.
Breitbart A White House official, responding to a query by Breitbart News, said the meeting was private and “couldn’t be publicized.” “It’s noteworthy to take the time to do an event that couldn’t be publicized,” the official said.
The 18 Army officers in the Special Forces Qualification Course, or “Q-course,” were visiting the National Security Council in early February, as a normal part of the course.
But this time, Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka, who was scheduled to speak to the students, had suggested that they meet the president. The plan was to take them into the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House, but Trump decided to invite them into the Oval Office, to take pictures with them for their families.
“Halfway through the discussion, [Trump] said, ‘Hey — we’re not supposed to do this but follow me, and he brought them all into the Oval Office, took a group photograph around the Resolute desk, and then — throwing the schedules into a bit of a tizzy, said OK that’s not good enough,’” Gorka told Breitbart News in an interview.
“He said, ‘everybody stand in the corner.’ They all stood in the corner, and one-by-one we took photographs they can take home to their family with each future Green Beret next to the president at the Oval Office desk,” Gorka said.
“That’s how much he loves our soldiers — our warriors,” he said. Gorka had earlier brought up the meeting during remarks on a panel at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Under Obama, he said, they “wouldn’t have even gotten into the West Wing.”
“The opposition media will of course want to spin it, which is just ridiculous” Gorka said. During his first month in office, Trump has engaged with members of the military at least four times. Multiple exit polls showed that military veterans voted for Trump 2-1, according to the Washington Post.