Trump Awards Purple Heart to Alvaro Barrientos, Soldier Wounded in Afghanistan, in First Visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

President Donald Trump shakes hands with U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Alvaro Barrientos, after awarding him with a Purple Heart , as first lady Melania Trump, right, stands with Tammy Barrientos second from right, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Saturday. (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Trump awarded the Purple Heart to Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Barrientos was wounded in Afghanistan on March 17 and had to have his right leg amputated below the knee, according to The Associated Press. He was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, Tammi. First Lady Melania Trump was also in attendance.

The Purple Heart is awarded to service members killed or wounded in action.

According to pool reports, Trump kept his remarks brief. “When I heard about this I wanted to do it myself. So congratulations,” Trump said. “Tremendous.”

It was Trump’s first visit to the medical center.

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