NBC White House update: Honoring two American heroes, talking 401K changes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Trump awarded the nation's highest military honor to Captain Gary Rose, a Vietnam war hero and combat medic who repeatedly risked his life running into fire to save others.

Today's ceremony comes on the heels of a back-and-forth debate over his condolence call to the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson.

"If my husband is out here fighting for our country and risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?," said Myeisha Johnson, La David's widow, on that now infamous call.

On Twitter, President Trump insisted he spoke Johnson's name from the beginning and without hesitation. In person, the president did not answer any questions shouted to him about whether he regrets that Myeisha was upset.

Meanwhile, few answers from the administration about what led up to that deadly ambush in Niger.

"I think we do owe the families and the American people transparency in incients like this," said General Joseph Dunford, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, "and we intend to deliver just that."

This search for answers today joined other priorities, including a GOP tax reform plan.

The Wall Street Journal reported one proposal could slash tax-free contributions for 401K plans.

But today, President Trump tweeted that he will not touch the 401K, and promised it would stay.

The president is set to head to Capitol Hill tomorrow to talk tax reform and other agenda items with his party, as they continue working to get something done before the year ends.



 
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