Trump honors fallen soldiers and Gold Star families in Memorial Day speech

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One at Naval Air Station Sigonella Saturday May 27 2017 in Sigonella Italy

Trump paid special tribute to several families whose children fell in battle, including his Department of Homeland Security Chief John Kelly, whose son Robert, a U.S. Marine, was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan.

Secretary Kelly himself made headlines this weekend, downplaying the significance of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner looking to open a backchannel line of communication with Russian Federation during the transition. He recognized by name people in attendance who had contributed US militarily efforts. "They were people who stood for something larger than themselves", he said.

Once again, President Trump, after his successful nine-day trip overseas, did America proud, this time on the sacred USA soil of Arlington National Cemetery. Bob Dole, who sat in the audience at today's ceremony, thanking him for his service in World War II.

Trump spoke for the first time since returning to the United States on Saturday from his nine-day trip overseas. The playing of "Taps" echoed as Trump placed his hand over his heart and military officers saluted.

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In the first of two tweets Trump sent out on Monday, he says: "Today we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving".

The president then climbed the steps above the tomb to the cemetery's marble amphitheater, where he delivered his address.

The President's first Memorial Day address comes as his administration is pushing back against reports his son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner tried to set up secret communications with Russian Federation.

"We can never replace them".

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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters in an off-camera news conference that he does not find backchannel communications with Russian Federation problematic. Afterward, he visited a section of the cemetery where military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

Accompanied by Pence, Trump walked briefly among the white marble headstones and greeted families, including Brittany Jacobs and her 6-year-old son, Christian, who was dressed like a Marine.

Trump tweeted this morning he is looking forward to paying his respects to America's fearless men and women.

Before speaking to a crowd at the Arlington National Cemetery, the president sang along to the National Anthem.

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Afterward the speech, Trump joined Sec. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

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