WASHINGTON — Marine Corps 1st Lt. Trey Cleary received one of the biggest surprises of his life Friday when his mother texted him, “Do you have time to talk with POTUS?”
Seconds later, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney was talking with her son at Camp Lejeune, N.C., who is due to leave Saturday for a six-month deployment to Iraq.
Tenney, R-New Hartford, said she handed her cell phone to a waiting President Donald Trump.
“This is President Trump,” the commander-in-chief said. “I’m sitting here with your mother. Thank you for what you do for your country. I’m so proud of you. I want you to do your best. We’re all counting on you.”
Tenney said she was stunned as the president, before a bill signing ceremony at the Treasury Department in Washington, took the time to have a serious talk with her son.
“They had quite a long conversation for a couple of minutes,” Tenney recalled after the ceremony. “I said, ‘What’s going on? (Trump) laughed a little bit. They must have been joking or something. He handed me the phone back and my son said, ‘Oh my God.'”
Tenney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, joined Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., on Friday as the only two members of Congress to witness Trump sign three executive orders to roll back some of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms passed after the Great Recession.
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