It’s no surprise that President Trump is going to be a very strong Commander-in-Chief. For starters, Trump has chosen some of the best minds from the military to be on his cabinet which include Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, National Security Advisor, Lt. General Michael Flynn, and Department of Homeland Security, Gen. John Kelly. President Trump along with these men have the utmost respect when it comes to our military.
Recently and unfortunately the first military casuality took place since Trump took office less than two weeks ago. Unlike Obama, President Trump showed America and our military, where his priorities were and will be in the future. President Trump traveled in secrecy to Dover Air Force Base for the arrival of the remains of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, 36, Seal Team 6, killed in a weekend raid in Yemen.
H/T Western Journalism:
President Trump “had a very somber and lengthy conversation with the family” of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL killed in Yemen over the weekend, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“The president offered his sincerest condolences to Officer Owens’ wife, his father and their three children,” Spicer said during his Tuesday briefing.
Owens, 36, was the first service member killed in action since Trump became commander-in-chief. The highly decorated chief petty officer was part of a SEAL team carrying out a raid against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which resulted in the deaths of 14 members of the terrorist group (including three senior leaders) and the recovery of intelligence data that could prove useful in thwarting future attacks.
Owens, who was from Peoria, Ill., died of wounds sustained during what was reportedly a two-hour gunfight.
Sunday’s raid in Yemen began at 2 a.m. local time, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
After initial missile strikes, a two-hour gun battle ensued, between the Navy SEALs and al Qaeda fighters, during which three other Navy SEALs were wounded.
A fourth was injured when the MV 22 Navy Osprey carrying some of the sailors made a hard landing. The aircraft had to be destroyed.
“Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement Monday. “The United States would not long exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors.”
In a statement released Sunday, President Trump said, “Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member.”
As I said, Trump’s trip to the Dover Air Base was shrouded in secrecy. President Trump and his daughter Ivanka boarded the presidential helicopter, Marine One, together with a small group of journalists who were not allowed to report on Trump’s visit until his arrival.
Here’s President Trump:
Trump commented on the trip at the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
Marine One landed at Dover shortly before a C-17 believed to be carrying Owens’ remains touched down. The president met with Owens’ family during a two-hour visit to the base. The sailor’s family had requested that Trump’s visit and the return of Owens’ remains be private.
To President Trump and his daughter, Ivanka – “Thank you” for showing your respect and representing all Americans. Our soldiers put their lives on the line every day for our freedom, without their commitment and service, America would not exist.
To the Owen’s family our hearts and prayers go out to you. God Bless you and God Bless America!
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