Trump highlights heroism of Navy SEAL killed in raid, recognizes widow

Trump highlights heroism of Navy SEAL killed in raid, recognizes widow

The widow of a Navy SEAL killed in an operation in Yemen drew the longest ovation at President Donald Trump's first joint address to Congress on Tuesday night.

Carryn's spouse, William "Ryan" Owens, was killed in Yemen during a controversial raid on al Qaeda on January 28.

Dan Grilo, a former volunteer for Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's campaigns, insulted Navy SEAL widow Carryn Owens on Twitter Wednesday and was quickly fired afterwards.

He described that portion of the speech as "extraordinary" and said that for those who held out in their belief that Trump could be presidential and unifying, "they should be happy with that moment".

The entire chamber broke into applause, giving a tearful Carryn Owens, who was seated next to Ivanka Trump, a standing ovation.

Owens and her three children also visited the White House for a private meeting with the president during the day Tuesday, though her children did not attend Trump's address to the joint session of Congress itself. That doesn't change the fact that the sacrifices of men like Ryan Owens-and the widows such as Carryn they leave behind-deserve to be remembered.

Although the Pentagon said the Navy SEAL raid secured laptops, hard drives and mobile phones, multiple USA officials told NBC News none of the intelligence gained has been actionable or vital.

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Many are expecting a bump in President Trump's approval ratings following the generally well-received speech. "This was something they wanted to do", the president told the hosts.

The success of the raid has been publicly debated, and the White House has continued to defend the operation.

"And they came to see me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected".

"I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him", Mr Owens told the Herald.

During the speech, Trump refuted critics of the mission.

The father of Ryan Owens had the opportunity to meet with President Trump earlier, but refused. The value of the intelligence gathered during it has been questioned, as has the rigor of the mission oversight.

"If that's the criticism that people have, they have a right to it in this country", Spicer said.

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