The first Navy SEAL gave his life in the defense of his country, and it is the first time it has happened in the Trump administration.
What Trump did when he learned of this tragedy proves he is the Commander-in-Chief.
As The Daily Caller reports, Trump immediately reached out to the family:
President Donald Trump had a “very somber and lengthy conversation” with the family of Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens, Sean Spicer told reporters at Tuesday’s White House press briefing.
The White House press secretary explained that President Trump “offered his condolences” to Owens’ “wife, his father and their three children” following his death in a Saturday raid on an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen.
“Chief Owens was on his 12th deployment from what I understand,” Spicer told the group of reporters. “We could never repay the debt of gratitude we owe him, the freedom that he fought for and the sacrifice that he made as well as the other members of his unit who were injured in this operation.”
Owens died at 36, and is now the first American serviceman to die during the Trump administration. Owens played a key role in an operation against AL-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which took down 14 terrorists, including three Islamic terror leaders.
Trump’s official statement reminds America of exactly the threat America faces with “radical Islamic terrorism.”
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 statement said. “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.”
NEW: US service member killed in Yemen raid ID'd as Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, according to statement from Sec. James Mattis. pic.twitter.com/2vQbSfzr3n
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 30, 2017
According to the Pentagon, information obtained in Saturday’s raid is already starting to be used to foil potential terrorist plots:
God bless Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens and the sacrifice he and his family has made for America.