Monday, February 27, 2017

Father Of Slain Navy SEAL Refused To Meet With Trump

(Photo of Bill Owns holding a picture of his son Ryan is from The Miami Herald.)

Donald Trump ordered an attack by Navy SEAL's in Yemen after being president only a few days. He did this even though military officials counseled against it. The he didn't even bother to go to the Situation Room in the White House when that raid was conducted, preferring instead to sleep. That raid went wrong. A Navy SEAL (William "Ryan" Owens) was killed along with many innocent civilians -- and the target of the raid was not apprehended or killed. Although the White House labeled the raid a success, it was really a monumental failure.

When the body of the slain SEAL was returned to Dover Air Force Base, His father (Bill Owner) was informed that Trump would be there and wanted to meet with the family. Mr. Owns refused, saying:

“I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him. I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him.”

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Owens told The Miami Herald that he had been upset at the very disrespectful treatment Trump had given another Gold Star family during the presidential campaign (Khizr and Ghazala Khan). While Trump spoke with some other family members, Owens and his wife sat in another room.

Owens is also offended by the White House trying to use his son to prevent an investigation of the ill-fated Yemen raid. The White House has said an investigation would dishonor the memory of the slain SEAL. Owens does not agree. He says:

“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation. I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation.”

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