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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Prince Harry Meets Melania Trump Ahead of Invictus Games in Toronto

U.S. first lady Melania Trump encouraged the American team participating in an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans to take their “fighting spirit” and “bring home the gold.”
Trump also applauded the team members Saturday for their contributions, calling them “our heroes.”
“On behalf of my husband and our entire country, I want to thank you and your families for all you have sacrificed to keep us safe,” she said at a reception at a downtown Toronto hotel for the nearly 100 U.S. athletes competing in the Invictus Games, a creation of Prince Harry.
“I also want to wish you good luck, though I know you won’t need it in these Games,” Trump said. “Take that fighting spirit that I know you have and bring home the gold.”

Her first piece of business after arriving earlier Saturday was to visit with Prince Harry.
Trump was heard telling the prince, whom she was meeting for the first time, that she had just arrived on a flight from Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump was spending the weekend at his golf club in central New Jersey.

“Nice to meet you,” Harry said as they were introduced and shook hands. They stood together and smiled for the British and American news media before sitting in adjoining club chairs placed in front of their countries’ respective flags.

Harry remarked on how busy the first lady has been. She was in New York this week for Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly, delivered an address of her own at a UN luncheon, and on Friday joined children from the Washington area to plant, harvest and wash vegetables grown in a garden on the White House lawn.

“Yes, very busy,” she said, before offering a compliment in return. “You’re doing a fantastic job,” she said.

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