President Trump responds to the father calling for an investigation of his Navy SEAL son’s death, a Peoria native.
A January raid in Yemen resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria. There were also injuries to three other Navy SEALs. Fourteen militants were killed in the raid.
This morning on an interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president expressed sympathy for Owens’ family, but defended the mission as one “that started before I got here.”
“This was something they were looking at for a long time doing,” Trump said in the Fox News interview. “According to General [James] Mattis it was a very successful mission. They got a tremendous amount of information.
Owens’ father, Bill, told the Miami Herald in a recent interview that he did not want to meet Trump when the president attended Owens’ dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware earlier this month.
“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.
Owens has called for an investigation into his son’s death. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says there will be a three-pronged investigation done by the Department of Defense.