President Trump experienced the first casualty under his command with the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL during a raid that took place in Yemen over the weekend. The death gave the president a chance to show American citizens the respect he has for servicemen and women protecting this country.
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In a statement given to CNN Trump explained the raid and reminded Americans that the life lost in the attack wasn’t for nothing: “In a successful raid against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) headquarters, brave U.S. forces were instrumental in killing an estimated 14 AQAP members and capturing important intelligence that will assist the U.S. in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world.”
He further praised the efforts of the military to keep America safe. “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.”
Central Command also noted that three other commandos were injured in the raid after the aircraft, a V-22 Osprey, suffered a hard landing at 2 a.m. The early morning raid was authorized by Trump, according to U.S. defense officials.
The raid further shows the American populace that there is a new regime in place determined to destroy Islamic radicals. Obama, who predominantly used drones to carry out his attacks, was opposed to putting soldiers on the ground.
Reports from The New York Times indicated that the soldiers involved in the raid were part of the elite group SEAL Team 6. CNN reported that during the raid, invaluable information was retrieved that could stop future terror attacks.
Three high rankingAl-Qaida leaders -Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims – were killed in the raid also.
The president concluded his statement by giving his condolences to the family of the soldier who has yet to be named: “My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.”