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[WHCA Print] Pool report #2
Rebecca Ballhaus • Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2017: 01:38 PM

Arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at 1:15 pm. Uneventful ride. Press van separated from the motorcade before arrival so pool didn't see motorcade roll up.

Leaving the White House, the motorcade passed dozens of protesters gathered along its route holding signs for the March for Science held in downtown Washington today. Signs spotted by your pooler included one that read: "Stop denying the earth is dying." One truly awful picture attached.

POTUS and FLOTUS entered Walter Reed at 1:21 pm. Behind them was a display with the words "The President's Hospital," with a photo of POTUS and past presidents including Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and John F. Kennedy.

POTUS and FLOTUS greeted Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos and his wife, Tammy.

On background from a White House official:

Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos was recently injured in Afghanistan while deployed and for the wounds he sustained, he is receiving the Purple Heart.

Then POTUS presented the Purple Heart to Mr. Barrientos. "When I heard about this I wanted to do it myself," POTUS said. "Congratulations. Tremendous."

POTUS put his hand on the sergeant's shoulder and kissed the sergeant's wife on the cheek. Then he pinned the Purple Heart to the sergeant's lapel and clapped him on the back. A (better) photo is attached.

Pool was then ushered out and is now holding in a van outside.

Separately, the White House just issued a statement from POTUS on Earth Day.

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