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President Trump Personally Spoke to, Thanked Marine Before Iraq Deployment

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Trey Cleary received a phone call from President Trump just before he left this past weekend for a 6-month deployment to Iraq.

Cleary is the son of U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) who was in Washington along with Sen. David Perdue, (R-GA) to attend an executive order signing.

Tenney was reluctant to say anything, but Perdue let the President know about her son’s pending deployment and asked if he might sign an autograph.

Trump’s response, as is typical for the military-loving President, went above and beyond the request.

“Can we call him?” he wondered.

Tenney then sent a text to her son to see if he was available.

“Do you have time to talk with POTUS?” she asked.


Marine Corps 1st Lt. Trey Cleary received one of the biggest surprises of his life Friday when his mother texted him, “Do you have time to talk with POTUS?”

Seconds later, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney was talking with her son at Camp Lejeune, N.C., who is due to leave Saturday for a six-month deployment to Iraq.

Tenney, R-New Hartford, said she handed her cell phone to a waiting President Donald Trump.

“This is President Trump,” the commander-in-chief said. “I’m sitting here with your mother. Thank you for what you do for your country. I’m so proud of you. I want you to do your best. We’re all counting on you.”


Tenney described the surreal conversation, noting the President didn’t simply say a brief message and then go about his business.

“They had quite a long conversation for a couple of minutes,” Tenney explained. “I said, ‘What’s going on? (Trump) laughed a little bit. They must have been joking or something. He handed me the phone back and my son said, ‘Oh my God.’”


Here are Trump, Perdue, and Tenney at the executive order signing …


You’ll note that at about the 1:30 mark of the video, the President hands Perdue the pen he had just used to sign the order, and Perdue promptly hands it to Tenney.

She was giving the presidential pen to her son to mark the incredible moment.

“It’s for my son,” she explained.

Trump responded, “Oh, that’s even better.”

“I like that,” he added. “Great boy.”

It’s not very often the media covers President Trump’s pro-military side – Like and share this post to help spread the word!

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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