It did not take long for President Trump to deliver a unifying line at his 2018 State of The Union Address. Although you can feel the hatred seething from one side of the room, the president was still able to at least land one point that everyone could be happy about.
President Trump took time to recognize Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert. Leppert, was on scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. She was one of the first to arrive via helicopter.
Early in his address, Pres. Trump recognizes Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who "was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey" https://t.co/q18EZzVe9p #SOTU pic.twitter.com/cHTxKuVdvd
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
More on Leppert:
“Ashlee Leppert, an aviation electronics technician in the Coast Guard, who rescued dozens from hurricane ruins. According to the White House, Leppert operated a helicopter basket that hoisted to safety a woman who was clutching four children at once.”
He also gave a shout out to the ‘Cajun Navy’ for rescuing so many people during recent hurricanes:
“‘Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We have endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.’
“The president praised the ‘Cajun Navy’ that helped save lives in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last year. He noted strangers who helped each other after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.”