Jun 02, 2020
Trump, first lady visit DCs shrine to Pope John Paul II
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The president and Melania Trump walked from the building about 11:45 a.m. onto a large outdoor patio, turned and faced the assembled media and posed for a photo.
They then turned around and stood for several minutes before the statue of the late pontiff, where a wreath had been laid earlier, before walking back inside the building without speaking or taking questions.
John Paul II served as Pope from 1978 to 2005, and was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in April 2014. The effort to erect the shrine was spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus, a lay Roman Catholic organization.
A day earlier, Trump gave an address in the Rose garden advocating the use of the US military to quell riots and unrest over the death of George Floyd.
After the address, Trump walked out of the front of the White House gates, through Lafayette Park to historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was partly destroyed by a fire lit by rioters Sunday evening, and stood for several moments holding a Bible aloft.
Trump’s visit to St. John’s came after National Parks police cleared the park area of more than a thousand protesters following days of unrest across the nation over the death of Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
The president has lashed out at critics, including New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of his handling of the violence and looting sweeping many American cities over Floyd’s death, which came as the country was already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic fallout.
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Melania Trump Bids Farewell to the American People: You Will Be in My Heart Forever
“No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your first lady,” she said. “To all of the people of this country, you will be in my heart forever.”
The first lady reflected on her time at the White House in a pre-recorded video posted on social media ahead of her departure from the White House this week.
“The past four years have been unforgettable,” she said. “As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all of the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination.”
The first lady spoke of the service members, military heroes and their families, members of law enforcement, children in hospitals, mothers fighting an opioid addiction, and the caregivers of babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome that she had met.
“When I think about these meaningful experiences I’m humbled to have the opportunities to represent a nation with such kind and generous people,” she said.
Melania Trump also thanked all of the nurses, doctors, medical professionals, truck drivers, front line, and manufacturing workers who continued to help battle the coronavirus pandemic.
She urged all Americans to use “caution and common sense” to protect vulnerable populations from the virus.
“In the midst of hardships we have seen the best of America shine through,” she said.
Trump also spoke against violence but did not specifically refer to the group of Trump supporters that stormed Capitol Hill last week.
“Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified,” she said.The White House / YouTube
She also revisited the success of her “Be Best” initiative to help improve children’s lives in the country.
“The promise of this nation belongs to all of us. Do not lose sight of your integrity and values,” she said.