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Trump Honors Navy SEAL's Widow During Speech

| by Ray Brown

During a Feb. 28 address to a joint session on Congress, President Donald Trump recognized the widow of a Navy SEAL who was killed during a raid in Yemen that also killed 29 civilians, including children.

"We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens," Trump said, referring to the wife of William "Ryan" Owens, reported the Huffington Post. "Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation."

According to CNN, Trump added: "I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, 'Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.' Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom -- we will never forget him."

The crowd then gave a thunderous standing ovation for Carryn Owens and her late husband.

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"Ryan is looking down right now. You know that. And he’s very happy, because I think he just broke a record," Trump said of the applause.

Ryan Owens died in a ground raid in Yemen on Jan. 29, according to the New York Times.

In total, 29 civilians were also killed in the raid, including nine children.

One of those children was a 3-month-old baby, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The rest of the children who were killed in the ground raid ranged between the ages of 4 and 12.

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But most of the attention has focused on Owens, the sole American to die in the action.

Ryan Owens' father, Bill Owens, made headlines when he told the Miami Herald that he refused to meet with Trump.

"I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him," Bill Owens said.

Although Trump approved the ground raid in Yemen, he also talked about foreign policy during his speech and criticized the U.S. government's tendency to spend large amounts of money in the Middle East.

"America has spent approximately 6 trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling," Trump said. "With this 6 trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country -- twice. And maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate."

Sources: Huffington Post, Miami Herald, New York Times, Bureau of Investigative Journalism, CNN / Photo Credit: CNN

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