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A Green Beret combat veteran who tragically lost his military wife to a suicide bombing in Syria is powerfully and eloquently countering the narrative that President Donald Trump disrespects the Armed Services, especially those killed in action.
Trump’s “empathy and thoughtfulness on one of the worst days of my life won my gratitude,” the Gold Star husband declared. “He absolutely respects our service.”
Retired U.S. Army officer Joe Kent met the president at Dover Air Force Base in 2019 while waiting for the plane that was bringing the body of his wife Shannon home. Shannon Kent was deployed in the fight against ISIS.
Kent recalled in an op-ed for NBC News how Trump entered the room, warmly shook hands, placed his hand on the soldier’s shoulder, and said “I’m so sorry for your loss. Shannon was an amazing woman and warrior…Shannon was the real deal, we are lucky to have people like her willing to go out there and face evil for us.’
“[I]n his eyes, I could see — unmistakably — the same pain I’d seen in the eyes of other senior leaders who ultimately bear the responsibility for sending men and women to their deaths in combat,” Kent added.
“It was clear to me that President Trump truly cared — not just that Shannon and three others had been killed in Syria, but about who Shannon and the three others were as people.”
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 6, 2020
The president also solicited Kent’s opinion as to whether it made any sense to leave U.S. troops in Syria, something that millions of Americans have wondered, particularly the loved ones of soldiers on active duty. ” It was clear to me that he was deeply conflicted about whether staying in Syria was worth the lives lost — Shannon and her three colleagues — on that day in January.”
Joe Kent, who has subsequently met with Trump at a Gold Star Family event to discuss veterans’ issues, fundamentally rejects the anonymous claims made in the anti-Trump Atlantic hit piece, in part because the president is on record opposing endless wars promoted by the political establishment, including the incumbent’s predecessors in the Oval Office.
“So, when I read the anonymous allegations this week that President Trump spoke disparagingly of our troops, I knew they simply weren’t true — or were taken completely out of context in order to hurt him before the election.”
“President Trump’s actions have shown our troops more respect than any president in my lifetime. His use of decisive military force only when absolutely necessary, combined with his reluctance to use the military as the sole tool of foreign policy, is not only good and smart, but the sign of utmost respect for the lives of our troops.”
“Previous presidents’ support of endless wars has resulted in the loss of thousands of American lives and cost American taxpayers trillions of dollars, whereas President Trump’s limited use of military force and swift action when needed marks a decisive change from that policy…And this president has avoided getting us into any new wars — something his recent predecessors seemingly could either not avoid or not resist.”
‘Who?’ Greta Van Susteren calls out fmr. Fox News colleague after Atlantic story falls apart under scrutiny https://t.co/TXIPmooYlJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 5, 2020
In an article that common sense suggests was coordinated with the Democrats in part because of Joe Biden’s plunging poll numbers and Nancy Pelosi’s hair salon scandal, The Atlantic claimed that in 2018, Trump had called fallen U.S. troops in World War I France “losers” and “suckers” and that he had canceled a visit to a military cemetery because he didn’t want to get hair wet.
In addition to the president himself, ten or more witnesses, including Trump foe John Bolton, have come forward to say that the allegations against Trump are nonsense.
This underhanded technique occurs when the press publishes or broadcasts an unsubstantiated, i.e., fake, story, Democrat politicians rush to the microphone to denounce Trump in reliance on that story, and this gives media outlets license to continue to keep the report in the news cycle.
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