Trump awards first Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Army medic

Trump awards first Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Army medic
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President Trump on Monday awarded his first Medal of Honor to James McCloughan, an Army medic who served in Vietnam.

“Jim, I know I speak for every person here when I say that we are in awe of your actions and your bravery,” Trump said during the ceremony in the White House East Room.

McCloughan is recognized for saving 10 soldiers over the course of three days as he daringly ran toward enemy fire and pushed through a shrapnel wound he received while trying to get to his men.

“In those 48 hours, Jim rescued 10 American soldiers and tended to countless others,” Trump added, calling him a hero “who went above and beyond the call of duty."

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"He would not flinch in the face of sure death and definite danger," Trump said about the former medic, who served in the war 48 years ago.

McCloughan, who received the highest award for displaying valor in combat, has previously said he would rather face the threat of death than know he failed his fellow soldiers.

"I'd rather die on the battlefield than have heard later on that one of my men did not make it because their medic was not there," McCloughan reportedly once said.

The ceremony took place shortly after the news broke that White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was resigning, marking the shortest tenure for the head of the White House press shop.

Scaramucci said he wanted to give newly named White House chief of staff John Kelly the space to build up his own team as he sees fit.

Kelly attended the award ceremony and, according to a pool report, appeared to be “in good spirits.”

While the cable news networks also aired the event, hosts and guests mostly spoke about the news of Scaramucci's departure.