Trump Swings by Walter Reed to Visit With Soldiers

President Donald Trump visited soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Thursday afternoon via a short helicopter flight on Marine One.

Trump arrived at the facility shortly before 3 p.m., according to a pool report. Prior to leaving the White House, he promised to wish soldiers there a Merry Christmas.

"Merry Christmas, everybody. I'm heading over right now to Walter Reed Medical Center to say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world. They're great people," Trump said. "I will be over there for a while. Just gonna wish them a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. We love those people."

According to The Hill, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly — a retired Marine general — joined Trump on his visit.

Walter Reed is located in Bethesda, Maryland, a drive of less than nine miles from the White House.