During Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he had a special surprise in store for Amy Williams and her two children. As special guests of the President and First Lady Melania Trump, they were in attendance and honored during Trump’s speech.
Amy and her 6-year-old and 3-year-old children received a standing ovation in her husband Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams’ honor. Trump first announced, “We are working to end American wars in the Middle East—& bring our troops back home. War places a heavy burden on our nation’s extraordinary military families like Amy Williams, from Fort Bragg, whose husband is in Afghanistan in his 4th deployment in the Middle East.”
The emotional moment seemed like a scene out of a reality TV show. When Trump said, “But Amy, there is one more thing. Tonight we have a very special surprise. I am thrilled to inform you that your husband is back from deployment, he is here with us tonight, and we couldn’t keep him waiting for one-moment longer…Welcome home, Sergeant Williams.”
When Williams marched down in full military dress to hug his wife and children, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Afterward, the White House’s official account tweeted, “Amy Williams is a military spouse and mother of two young children. She works full time and devotes hundreds of hours to helping military families, all while raising her two children as her husband serves his fourth deployment. Their family was reunited tonight at #SOTU.”
As the nation watched the touching reunion, the audience at the SOTU started to chant, “USA, USA, USA.”
Twitter member Mark Schneider applauded the effort. He tweeted, “10 times I left home as warfighter for our nation. Tonight The President gave the Williams family a gift that cannot ever be equaled. A father/mother coming home to spouse and children is an amazing thing.”
The U.S. Army Shared A Confessional Video Starring Sergeant Townsend Williams
While social media shared the emotions on Twitter after seeing the touching reunion, the U.S. Army shared their own video of Sergeant Townsend Williams. He introduced himself and says, “I did a branch transfer in 2005 from the International Guard after I saw the 82nd Paratroopers, I realized that’s what I wanted to be. I hold service to my country, my unit, and my men very close to my heart. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without my family and I’m grateful to be able to serve in the United States Army. God Bless America.”
Trump said during his speech, “In Afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban. As we make progress…we will be able to reduce our troop presence & focus on counterterrorism.”
Many Viewers Online Saw The Emotional Reunion As A Propaganda Stunt
While it’s absolutely touching to see such a dramatic reunion, to orchestrate such a moment during the SOTU did not sit well with all viewers.
One Twitter user shared, “If there is one things Trump understands (and I say that loosely), it’s gimmicks & rating! Trump wanted Stg. Townsend Williams to suprises his family during the SOTU because then people are talking about how sweet that is instead of questioning their presidents policies! #SOTU.”
Real-Time host Bill Maher tweeted that this moment seemed like a stunt produced by Mark Burnett, the former producer of Trump’s competition reality series, The Apprentice.