Friday, 22 September, 2017

Trump Honors Tearful Wife of Slain Navy SEAL

Carlos Barria  Reuters Carlos Barria Reuters
Mae Harvey | 03 March, 2017, 00:20

For many pundits, Donald Trump's rhetoric honoring slain Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens was the emotional highlight of the president's congressional address this week. "Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump called Carryn Owens on January 30 and invited her and her three children to attend the speech.

Guest Moore was asked by host Chris Matthews, "What do you think about his counting the applause minutes that passed over a very poignant moment with the widow, who looked like a wonderful person, in love with her husband?" And yet, at the same time, I can barely contain my anger and disgust at the way that Trump put her on display, seeking to appropriate her grief - and her deceased husband's heroism - for his political gain. "This was something they wanted to do".

Carryn Owens, center, the widow of fallen Navy Seal, Senior Chief William Owens, is recognized during President Trump's address.

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Trump's remarks drew a crying Carryn Owens to her feet, and the audience with her.

Both the Pentagon and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer have said the operation yielded valuable intelligence on al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, but senior officials tell NBC News they were "unaware" of anything of significance. I've seen that face as they've stood beside his casket, as they were handed a carefully-folded flag, and as they watched as a son and brother's coffin was lowered into the ground. Planning started while President Barack Obama was in office. He has refused to meet with Trump to discuss the issue.

From the man who infamously declared, on Election Night 2016, that Donald Trump's win over Hillary Clinton was "whitelash" to a black president, CNN commentator Van Jones had a vastly different tone Tuesday night.

The Yemen raid was thrown back into the spotlight late last week, after Owens' father gave an interview to the Miami Herald calling for an independent investigation into the mission and questioned whether Trump should have made the call to move forward with the operation.

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