WATCH: Pete Hegseth Takes Longtime Friend & Army Ally on First-Time NYC Tour
"Fox & Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth got the chance on Monday to take one his friends and Army allies on a tour of New York City for the first time.
Hegseth -- an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran -- said Tuesday that while he was stationed in Iraq 12 years ago his unit partnered with Bakr Ali and Ali's family, Iraqi allies who fought Al-Qaeda terrorists alongside U.S. troops.
Hegseth took Ali -- a recent legal immigrant to America -- on a tour of the city's most meaningful monuments.
He said that now in America, his family can improve through proper education and having rights.
“You feel like you are a part of this country. You are a part of this community and you get involved faster,” Ali said upon seeing the Statue of Liberty.
Such an HONOR to host my brother & brave Iraqi ally Bakr Ali in New York City this week. He & his family fought Al Qaeda with us in Samarra, IRAQ—and he’s finally in the US (and will soon be a U.S. citizen). Watch our @foxandfriends segment this morning https://t.co/XGF6fqLBKG pic.twitter.com/DiKoVZuoFP
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) July 3, 2018
Ali said that he left his father and family behind in order to ensure a future in America for his children.
"You worry about them but you have to take the step forward and ensure your kids that they will get a better future," he said.
Hegseth said that he met Ali after his unit was moved into Samarra, Iraq after a mosque was bombed.
Ali also told a story of how when his father, who was a city councilman, was under attack, he called Hegseth and his unit for help. Within minutes, he was rescued by an Apache helicopter.
"It was just like an angel showing up," Ali said.
Watch the special segment above.