The “Mystery Boy” Who Sat Beside Melania Trump Has An Inspiring Story

Viewers who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union speech did a double take when the camera turned to First Lady Melania Trump.

Some people thought the youngest member of the First Family, Barron Trump, was sporting a new haircut. Then, there was confusion as viewers realized the “mystery boy” sitting beside Melania wasn’t Barron at all.

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So who was he, and why was he sitting beside the First Lady?

It turns out 12-year-old Preston Sharp was a guest of honor at the speech, and he earned a standing ovation when Trump mentioned the young boy’s accomplishments.

April Sharp

Though he’s not even 13 years old, Sharp has started a national movement that pays tribute to America’s veterans.

It began with a trip to a local military cemetery with his grandfather when Sharp was just nine. The young boy complained that the tombstones didn’t have any American flags or flowers on them.

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Sharp’s mother April told him, “You can’t complain about something unless you try to do something about it,” and he took her words to heart.

Now, three years later, Sharp’s “Flags and Flowers Challenge” earned him a trip to the White House.

What Does President Trump’s “Nuclear Button” Actually Look Like?

A tense pair of back and forth messages had everyone on edge this week, but also raised a lot of questions.

In a New Year’s speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned President Trump about the power of his country’s military, including their nuclear weapons. He included a warning that “a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.” But the president didn’t back down from the threat.

In a tweet, the president bragged that he had his own “Nuclear Button,” and that his was much bigger. The message left many Americans wondering if there really was a button to launch nuclear weapons sitting on the president’s desk.

There isn’t. But that doesn’t mean the president isn’t prepared to launch a nuclear attack at any time.

The nuclear Football.EPA

Instead of a button, launching such an attack would involve a Football and a Biscuit.

The Football is a briefcase that follows the president 24/7, carried by a military aide. The designated briefcase holder follows the president everywhere, including into any elevators, in case they get stuck.

If the president needs to launch a nuclear strike, he would start by opening the Football. But he won’t find any buttons inside.

Private Investigator Admits To Stealing The President’s Identity

A private investigator from Louisiana pleaded guilty this week in a strange case of presidential identity theft.

According to a court document, Jordan Hamlett, a 32-year-old from Baton Rouge, tried to use President Trump‘s Social Security number and other personal details about the Commander in Chief to access his private financial information.

Hamlett and his defense attorney, seen leaving the courtroom.AP

Hamlett allegedly cooked up the scheme after the president refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign. While it’s a tradition for presidential candidates to release their tax forms, there’s no law requiring it.

Hamlett admits to using the president’s Social Security number to apply for student aid last September. The investigator tried to use the username and password from his application to access Trump’s tax returns to the IRS, but wasn’t successful.

President Trump refused to release his tax returns during last year’s campaign.WBUR

Prosecutors say that Hamlett tried six separate times to access the president’s private information, but that he wasn’t successful. They don’t reveal how much of the president’s information could be accessed this way.

While Hamlett has admitted to his crimes, his strange defense is raising a few eyebrows.

President Trump Remembers His Late Brother During Moving White House Speech

Most people have never even heard of President Trump’s older brother Fred, but the president revealed the powerful impact his brother had on his life last week.

President Trump announced the opioid crisis was a national health emergency last week.Boston Herald

The president was announcing that America’s opioid crisis is now officially a public health emergency, which will help bring funding and public attention to the deadly epidemic. In 2015, 142 people in America died every day from drug overdoses, and 2/3 of those deaths were caused by opioids like Percocet or Oxycontin, as well as fentanyl and heroin.

This is the first time that a public health emergency has been delcared since 2009’s H1N1 outbreak. But the important announcement was overshadowed by a personal message from the president. Warning Americans about the dangers of drug use, Trump remembered his late brother Frederick Jr.

Trump signs a presidential memorandum about the national health emergency.Boston Herald

Trump, who famously doesn’t drink or smoke, said during his speech that he “learned because of Fred.” He also remembered his brother as a “great guy, best looking guy,” adding that while his personality was “much better than mine […] he had a problem.”

The Trump siblings, from left to right: Robert Trump, Elizabeth Trump, Fred Trump Jr., Donald Trump, Maryanne TrumpDonald Trump Campaign

But the speech took many people by surprise. While President Trump’s family was in the spotlight during his presidential campaign, Fred was barely mentioned. As it turns out, the president’s brother was a very important figure in his life…

Las Vegas Victim Who Showed Respect For President Trump Responds To Internet Bullies

Thomas Gunderson was one of the 500 people who were injured in last week’s shooting in Las Vegas, which is officially the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Police officers outside the Mandalay Bay casino, after the shooting last week.Red State

The 28-year-old from Newport Beach, California was at the concert with his friends when shots rang out, and was struck in the leg by a bullet. The young man’s life was likely saved by a pair of bystanders who wrapped a belt around his leg as a tourniquet.

While 59 people were killed in the shooting, many were injured, including over a dozen who are still in critical condition. On Wednesday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited some of the shooting’s victims in Las Vegas.

Gunderson is recovering well, but told Fox News that his gunshot wound makes it “hard to stand, very painful.” That’s what has made this video of his meeting with the president go viral around the world.

I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand! There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!

Posted by Thomas Gunderson on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

While the First Lady can be heard telling Gunderson he should sit down, he insists on standing and shaking the president’s hand. In a message on Facebook, he explained that “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag.”

But Gunderson’s small gesture has created a big controversy online, and the young man has been forced to respond…

Police Officer In President Trump’s Motorcade Crashes, But The President Gives Him A Special Surprise

A routine trip to the airport took a scary turn earlier this week when a motorcycle officer in President Trump’s motorcade crashed.

On Wednesday, President Trump and his security detail were driving down Interstate 70 in Indianapolis when Officer Robert Turner crashed. Details of the incident are scarce, but the officer was spotted “injured but moving” by reporters in a press van following the motorcade.

Turner’s motorcycle could also be seen flipped onto its side in the middle of the road. Because of security reasons, the motorcade could not stop to help Turner, which meant the officer was stranded on the road until emergency responders arrived to help him.

When he reached the airport, President Trump was seen speaking with other motorcycle officers, and he must have been asking if Turner was alright. As we later found out, the president stopped Air Force One from taking off until he could do something special for the officer…