Trump’s Compassion makes America glad he’s our Commander-in-Chief.
Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens was the Navy SEAL killed during a raid on al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Sunday, according to NBC News.
In a very un-Obama-like move, President Trump “had a very somber and lengthy conversation with the family” of Officer Owens. The president offered his sincerest condolences to Officer Owens’ wife, his father and their three children,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer informed America during his Tuesday briefing.
But then Trump did more. According to the LA Times,
President Trump headed Wednesday to partake for the first time in one of the most solemn rituals of the office, witnessing the return of the body of a Navy SEAL killed this week in the first known counter-terrorism operation of Trump’s presidency.
Trump made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to join the family of Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, who died during a raid on a compound used by Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based offshoot in the country’s Bayda province.
Recall what Obama did during his State of the Union, when America’s deadliest sniper, Chris Kyle was killed?
In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama again failed to acknowledge Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history who was gunned down on a Texas shooting range Feb. 2.
Plenty of folks upset President Obama didn't mention slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle tonight. His funeral was held in Texas today. #SOTU
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) February 13, 2013
What Navy SEALs does Obama Visit?
Barack Obama doesn’t have much use for dead Navy SEALs, but he loves those he can use for political purposes.
President Obama met Friday with some of the Navy SEALs who raided Osama bin Laden’s compound and killed him, part of a day of events marking bin Laden’s death that was far more celebratory than was Obama’s solemn appearance a day earlier at Ground Zero in New York.
In private meetings at this Army installation, Obama and Vice President Biden congratulated members of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 and units that supported their mission, presenting them with the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest award for a military unit, a senior White House official said.
That’s right…Obama killed Osama bin Laden!
Officer Owens’ Distinction
Like Mark Lee, the first SEAL killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, William Owens, 36, was the first service member killed in action since Trump became commander-in-chief. As sad as his death is, America should take heart that Owens died under Commander-in-Chief Donald J. Trump, and not needlessly under the unappreciative Barack Obama.
Owens was an Illinois native who enlisted in the Navy in 1998 and earned numerous awards and decorations, including two bronze stars with a combat “V” for valor and heroic service.
NBC News reported the petty officer was part of a SEAL team raid against al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen. This SEAL team killed 14 members of the terror group, including three senior leaders, and recovered intelligence data that could prove useful in thwarting future terror attacks.
Owens died from wounds sustained during this two-hour gunfight. Two other SEALs were injured when their MV-22 Osprey aircraft experienced what Pentagon officials described as a “hard landing.”
Praise from Top Officials
In a Defense Department Statement released on Monday, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis strongly praised Petty Officer Owens:
“Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service. “The United States would not long exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors. I thank our gallant troops and their families for their dedication to protecting this nation, and I pass our respects to Ryan’s family in this most difficult time.”
President Trump also praised Owens, in a White House statement released Sunday:
“Americans are saddened this morning with news that the 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.”
The Navy Times also reported that Owens first served in Naval intelligence before attending basic and advanced SEAL training in Coronado, Calif., which he completed in December 2002.