Earlier this week, President Trump signed the ‘Right to Try’ bill, a piece of legislation designed to give terminally ill patients an opportunity to use experimental treatments.
The President called it a “fundamental freedom” that will offer hope and could save lives. Think Charlie Gard, the subject of a heartbreaking case in England in which his country refused to allow his parents to try a treatment that may have saved his life.
Joining him at the bill signing were several individuals and their families having to cope with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, and other diseases.
One small child, however, stole the show.
8-year-old Jordan McLinn of Indianapolis, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, tried repeatedly to steal a hug from the President. Each time, he realized the President was in the midst of saying something further about the legislation or actually holding it up for the press to take pictures. And each time, Jordan would casually place his arms down so nobody would notice his intentions.
Then, finally, he got the hug that he had hoped for …
OK this was pretty adorable. Kid kept leaning in with his pen to help Trump sign the executive order & finally just went in for a hug pic.twitter.com/mWU1RJG2bp
— Gabby Morrongiello (@gabriellahope_) May 30, 2018
At one point, Jordan went in for the hug, realized Trump was still a little busy, and immediately dropped his elbow on the table and held up his chin. As if nothing was going on.
It drew laughter from those in attendance. His persistence paid off when the President gave him a hug, kissed him on the forehead, and told his mother, “He’s going to be fantastic.”
In cute moment, a young boy attempts several times to nab Pres. Trump’s attention during signing of the “Right to Try Act”—and finally succeeds in getting a hug from the president. https://t.co/90TML32PHY pic.twitter.com/pObXjm7jiC
— ABC News (@ABC) May 30, 2018
What an incredible moment!
In signing the Right to Try bill, President Trump conveyed that experimental treatments in their own country should be a fundamental right of any patient and their family.
“People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home,” he said.
And for that, it would appear Jordan McLinn is forever grateful.
Share this touching moment with your friends and family!
Read more at the Political Insider