President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE presented the Purple Heart to a wounded service member during a visit Saturday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington.

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies First lady spokeswoman: Melania Trump 'hates to see' families separated at border Obama administration official: Separating migrant families undermines Melania Trump's 'Be Best' initiative MORE also attended the brief ceremony, where the president pinned the medal on Sgt. First Class Alvaro Barrientos' lapel, according to a pool report.

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"When I heard about this I wanted to do it myself," Trump said before taking a picture with Barrientos and his wife Tammy. "Congratulations. Tremendous."

Barrientos was wounded during a deployment in Afghanistan, and was awarded the Purple Heart for the injuries he sustained, a White House official said.