With all eyes on President Donald Trump, it seems unlikely that the POTUS would be able to suddenly leave the White House without media outlets knowing – or at least speculating why.
This, however, is exactly what happened when the POTUS made a sudden departure from the White House and did not disclose the final destination to the media, the Tribunist reports.
Over the weekend, a United States military service man – who has now been identified as Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens – was slain during a raid on al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch, The Hill reports. Chief Petty Officer Owens marks the first U.S. combat death since Donald Trump became President.
In addition to Chief Petty Officer Owens, there were three other military service individuals who were injured during the raid. A fourth individual was injured during what the military has described as a “hard landing” of an Osprey. Fourteen Al Qaeda militants were killed during the raid which took place on a compound in the rural Yakla district on Sunday. The U.S. Central compose believes the raid provided “information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots.”
President Donald Trump praised Officer William “Ryan” Owens for his service to his country. The POTUS noted the raid was intended to fight against “radical Islamic terrorism” when giving an official statement.
“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,” the official statement the POTUS gave read.
“The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world.”
This Yemen raid took place just hours after the Trump administration signed the executive order banning refugees – and other individuals from Yemen – from entering the United States for a period of 90 days. It is being reported that the raid resulted in the slaying of family members of al-Dhahab – and that U.S. officials have linked those family members with Al Qaeda.
President Donald Trump – along with his daughter Ivanka Trump – were seen leaving the White House on Wednesday afternoon. Per the Tribunist, Trump’s sudden trip away from the White House was not announced on his schedule and media outlets had no idea where the POTUS and his daughter were going. It has now been revealed that the Dover Air Force Base was the destination of the unannounced trip.
Per The Hill, Senator Chris Coons accompanied the POTUS and his daughter during the unannounced trip away from the White House. Reporters noted Trump and Ivanka were seen suddenly leaving the White House just before 3:00 p.m. on route to the base. Reporters also noted seeing Trump’s helicopter land at the Dover Air Force Base at 3:51 p.m. An Air Force C-17 transport aircraft was reported to have arrived roughly 10 minutes after the POTUS.
The Dover Air Force Base is where the 36-year-old military service man’s body was taken after being returned to the United States. The Tribunist claims the POTUS “demonstrated where his priorities are” by making the unannounced trip to meet Officer William “Ryan” Owens and his family when he returned.
The reason President Donald Trump and his daughter left the White House unannounced and without media coverage was out of respect of Owens and his family as they had requested privacy to grieve.
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