Van Jones Takes Heat For Praising Donald Trump's Speech

Carryn Owens-who was the guest during U.S. President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress in Washington D.C. on February 28-had no idea that she was about to become a widow when a neighbour named Dana came knocking on her door to offer her friendship.

What began as a militarized effort meant to be a first step in expanding USA counterterrorism operations and intelligence on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ended in the death of Owens and, by estimate, at least 25 Yemen civilians, nine of them children under the age of 13, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Carryn Owens (C), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, applauds with Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, after being mentioned by President Trump.

President Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday included a tribute to the widow of a Navy SEAL from Peoria who was killed in a terrorism raid in Yemen.

However, as Carryn Owens looked on, Trump assured the audience that her husband's death was not in vain.

"And Ryan is looking down right now", Trump added, calling him a "hero" who laid down his life for United States freedoms.

The raid was approved by Mr Trump, and was the first known combat death of a USA soldier under his administration.

Civilians were killed and a $90 million military aircraft had to be destroyed to avoid it falling into enemy hands after it became disabled.

After the cheering finally subsided, Mr. Trump said, "Ryan is looking down and he's very happy because I think he just broke a record" - that for sustained applause.

The commander-in-chief explained that the operation was described to him by Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis as "a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence". Their notion is, 'we lost the election so now let's make it impossible for him to be president.' That's bad for America. Trump was just 10 days in office at that time.

"This was a mission that was started before I got here", said Trump.

Owens's father questioned the rationale behind the order and has called for an investigation.

"This was something that was, you know, just - they wanted to do", Trump was quoted as saying.

The president also defended the special forces strike that killed Owens in Yemen. "I was at the airport when the casket came in, the body came in, and it was very sad with the family, and it's a great family".

  • Salvatore Jensen