According to Stars and Stripes, on Taco Tuesday, President Donald Trump made a rather interesting lunch choice while in South Korea. Instead of partaking in a fancy presidential lunch at a heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ), he, along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, opted to sit down and enjoy a meal with 108 U.S. and South Korean troops at Camp Humphreys.
Per a statement from the White House, “I had a choice of having a beautiful, very fancy lunch and I said no, I want to eat with the troops and we ate with the troops,” Trump said.
Pvt. Merion Holmes, 21, of Georgetown, South Carolina, was honored to see Trump make this choice.
“He said he’d rather eat with the troops than at a fancy restaurant,” he told Stars and Stripes after the meal. “It made me feel like he cared.”
Prior to the lunch, some were even nervous.
“I get to meet my commander in chief, my boss. It’s pretty overwhelming to be right next to the president,” Sgt. Knight of Atlanta said.
In a video posted to Twitter, the president told the troops he was honored to be with them.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2017
A senior administration official told the U.K. Guardian that, since there wasn’t enough time to visit both Camp Humphreys and the DMZ, it actually made more sense for Trump to visit the DMZ since no U.S. president has ever visited there before.
However, that’s clearly not what Trump decided to do.
Say what you will about the man, but his decision to skip out on a “fancy lunch” and eat with troops was a classy move.
Well done, Mr. President.