As one of the most approachable presidents in history, President Donald Trump didn’t hesitate to partake in a picture when two kids approached and asked if he would. He’s seen smiling in between a brother and sister duo in the shot captured Monday, but as soon as it hit the Internet, everyone immediately noticed one shocking thing on closer look.
The photo looks like every other fan shot out there, with two beaming children who happened to get the opportunity to meet the president. However, it’s now gone viral after viewers realized who the children were and why their paths had crossed with the president’s.
Elijah and Gianna Lucas live in Fresno, California but were in Washington, D.C. on Monday to attend a ceremony in honor of National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. Like thousands of others, they sat in the crowd and listened to our Commander-in-Chief speak about the importance of police work in America and the sacrifice it often is, which has gone without recognition for eight years under Barack Obama. Trump not only showed deep appreciation for the men and women in law enforcement but their families as well, many of whom are left to pick up the pieces after losing their hero in the line of duty.
What’s seen in this shot of the president with Fresno officer Sgt. Rod Lucas’ kids is a genuine joy that Trump must have been for them that day—to personally tell them that their dad was a hero who is appreciated for his service.
“Lucas died an accidental death at the hands of one of his law enforcement colleagues on October 31, 2016. They were shifting guns around, talking about different ways to carry a second gun, when a gun was accidentally discharged, and a bullet struck Lucas in the chest,” Breitbart reports. “Investigators determined no foul play was involved. Rather, Lucas, a 20-year-veteran of the force, was ‘having a conversation with a nine-year veteran detective about the various ways to carry backup weapons when the shot was fired’.”
In years past during Police Week, families and children of fallen officers didn’t get the recognition they deserved from our president. Now that Trump is in office, he’s more than making up for that lost time under Obama and ensuring children who woke up to the bad news that their mom or dad wasn’t coming home, feel that they aren’t forgotten.
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