President Donald Trump tweeted out multiple endorsements of decorated combat veteran and candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District seat, Sean Parnell (R), over Memorial Day weekend and again on Tuesday morning. And Parnell told this reporter Tuesday that the President’s statements are “a tremendous honor.”

“To have the endorsement of the President is a tremendous honor,” Parnell told this reporter Tuesday. “Not too long ago I was carrying a rifle through the mountains of Afghanistan. I was wounded along with 85% of my troops. I was medically retired in 2010. I left the military with next to nothing. A decade later, I’m getting shoutouts from the President of the United States.”

Parnell says he respects the office of the presidency, regardless of whether that person is a Democrat or a Republican.

“I love our nation,” he added. “I love what we represent globally. America truly is the land of opportunity and the best nation the world has ever known.”

Parnell, an Army veteran, is running against incumbent Rep. Conor Lamb (D), a Marine veteran who has served in the House since April 2018. The district (PA-17) is comprised of suburbs of Pittsburgh, the state’s second-most populous city.

“Sean Parnell is an American Hero,” Pres. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “Conor Lamb has proven to be an American fraud, and a puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi. He said he would NOT vote for her for Speaker, and did. Will kill 2A. Voted to impeach (on nothing). A TOTAL & COMPLETE Sean Parnell Endorsement!”

Parnell was an Army Ranger and combat infantryman with the elite 10th Mountain Division and spent 485 days of fighting along the dangerous Afghan-Pakistan border. According to his biography, his “Outlaw Platoon” killed over 350 enemy fighters in some of the biggest firefights of the Afghan War.

On June 10, 2006, Parnell was wounded after his platoon was nearly overrun by Taliban insurgents, which outnumbered the platoon almost ten to one. He refused to leave his men behind and continued to battle the Taliban at point-blank range. According to reports, Parnell was “knocked unconscious and wounded two more times during the gunfight.”

In the meantime, Rep. Lamb took to Twitter to defend himself after seeing the back and forth between the President and Parnell.

“These people have been lying about my record since the day I became a candidate,” Lamb wrote Monday. “It hasn’t stopped, and it won’t stop, until we beat them at the ballot box in November.”

SaraACarter.com will continue to follow Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District race through the November election.