The father of a U.S. Navy Seal killed in the Yemen raid in late January refused to meet President Donald Trump during the transfer of his coffin to the U.S., the Miami Herald reports.
Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens’s coffin arrived at Dover Air Force base Feb 1. Trump made an unannounced trip to the arrival ceremony with his daughter Ivanka. “I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,’’ Owens’s father Bill reportedly told the military chaplain accompanying him when he heard Trump was coming to the ceremony. He continued, “I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him.”
Owen’s father also questioned the efficacy of ordering a military raid so early in Trump’s presidency, and indicated he thought the new administration was trying to make a “grand display” targeting terrorists. “I want an investigation … The government owes my son an investigation,” he declared.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted to reporters that the raid was a “huge success,” despite losing Owens, because of the intelligence gathered at the site. Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis also told reporters at the time that the raid will “gain a deeper insight into the group’s planning to help prevent terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in the United States.”
Source: The Daily Caller