Washington – In Emotional Moment, Trump Salutes Slain SEAL’s Wife


    Carryn Owens, widow of widow of Chief Special Warfare Operator William 'Ryan' Owens, wipes her eyes on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as she was acknowledged by President Donald Trump during his address to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Washington – The widow of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Yemen stood in the balcony of the House chamber, tears streaming down her face as she looked upward and appeared to whisper to her husband.

    Democrats and Republicans alike stood for minutes to applaud Carryn Owens, giving her the loudest cheers of the night in a rare moment of unity during President Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. Her husband, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens, was killed last month in a raid approved by Trump, a decision that has been sharply criticized by some — including the slain SEAL’s father — and which Trump continued to defend Tuesday night.

    Trump, near the end of his hour-long speech, paid tribute to Carryn Owens, a surprise guest whose presence in the first lady’s box was not announced in advance by the White House.

    “The challenges we face as a nation are great. But our people are even greater. And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform,” said Trump, who said they were “blessed” to be joined by Owens.

    The president then turned to the balcony where Owens sat next to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and said “Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”

    The chamber roared with cheers as Owens stood and cried, creating what would likely become the signature moment of Trump’s address.

    But Owens’ death, as well as the killing of several civilians, has raised questions about the effectiveness of the raid, and Trump took a moment to again litigate the decision. He quoted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defending the action, saying “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.”

    “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity,” Trump said. “For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom — we will never forget him.”

    He also struck an awkward note, saying that the prolonged ovation would have made Carryn’s slain husband “very happy, because I think he just broke a record” for applause.

    Carryn Owens cheered the president’s remarks. But Owens’ father, Bill, has denounced the raid that took his son’s life and refused to meet with Trump when the president greeted the Navy SEAL’s remains when they were returned to the United States. He told the Miami Herald last weekend that the raid was a “stupid mission” and called for an investigation.

    “Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” the elder Owens warned Trump. He did not attend the speech.

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    1. In true Trumpian style, he was able to make this sad moment “all about him” by bragging that he had attained the longest applause line in State of the Union history using the wife of the niftar special forces operator as his “prop”. She and her family are the real hero and just noted that his parents have refused to meet with Trump until the facts of the operation are independently reviewed and verified. As Trump would say, “so sad” how insecure he is that even the tragic death of an American hero becomes about him (how many votes, how many people in the crowd, etc.)

      • There is nothing wrong wth bragging that the longest applause was made for our fallen troops. Everyone knows it was for the nifter not Donald.

        You are totally biased if you can never recognize that even your enemy has a good moment.

      • Of course you’d think so. But you probably think it was okay for Hillary to use that Muslim couple who lost their son as a prop.
        At least you liberal morons should feel ashamed to utter such nonsense even if your knee jerk reaction makes you feel compelled to.


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