Father of Fallen Navy Seal Rejected Meeting with Trump; Wants Investigation

Following the United States’ attempted raid in Yemen last month, an operation that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, the Miami Herald reported today that Owens’ father declined to meet President Donald Trump at Dover Air Force Base upon the arrival of his son’s casket.

In an interview with the Miami Herald, Bill Owens also urged the U.S. government to launch an investigation into the raid that resulted in his son’s death and the fatalities of 16 civilians and 14 militants.

“I want an investigation,” said Owens. “The government owes my son an investigation.”

Sarah Huckabee, a White House spokeswoman, during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” said she believes President Trump would ultimately favor a deeper look into the operation’s planning and results. “I can’t imagine what this father is going through,” Huckabee said. “His son is a true American hero, and we should forever be in his son’s debt.”

As his son’s body made its way back to Dover AFB, Owens was informed that President Trump was traveling from D.C. to receive the fallen SEAL and his family. Mr. Owens told the Herald that his family did not want to be in the presence of the president.  Owens said he refused to meet with the president because the family had requested a private ceremony.

Ryan Owens (Credit: Jason Salata/Naval Special Warfare Command)

Ryan Owens (Credit: Jason Salata/Naval Special Warfare Command)

“I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,” Owens said to the chaplain at Dover AFB present that day. “I told them I don’t want to meet the president.”

“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Owens also said, adding, “Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden, we had to make this grand display?”

Owen said he was also disturbed by the attack Trump made at Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, an American Muslim family whose Army officer son died in Iraq in 2004.  Trump made remarks about them after Khizr Kahn criticized him at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.

H/T: Associated Press

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