White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got emotional while reading a letter sent to President Donald Trump at The White House press briefing Thursday.
Sanders read a story of a man named Joseph who sent a letter to his son almost 10 years ago while he was serving for the U.S. military in Iraq. Joseph’s son followed his father’s footsteps, also joining the military, and he is currently on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
In his letter to his son, Joseph wrote:
Please don’t lose sight of your purpose. You’re the only hope and glimmer of light for the good, innocent, men, women, and children that you are protecting. This may be hard for you to see or understand most of you know people know that most of you are there because you volunteered to be there.
Your actions and dedication are seen by people throughout the world as, without a doubt, the most heroic action of any person which can be made. You and the soldiers standing next to you from all of the other countries are the pride of not only the nations they represent but every individual that yearns to be free. Stand tall, my son, and be steadfast, for it is you who are the defender of freedom. We owe it to the servicemen and women like the master sergeant who have fought in our name in Afghanistan for 17 years and to the families who have watched them go to secure an honorable and lasting outcome to this conflict.
Joseph told Trump that he had been a police officer for over 30 years. Sanders said Joseph sent the letter he wrote to his son ten years ago in hopes the president would receive and read the letter.