When President Donald Trump left the White House to board Marine One, he left behind a press pool who were left scratching their heads, and wondering where the Commander in Chief was going.
Looking for guidance on the official White House website only gave a statement that said the president had left with his daughter, Ivanka Trump:
POTUS and daughter Ivanka emerged from the Oval Office at 2:57 p.m. under cloudy skies on a chilly winter day, with Trump wearing a long, dark overcoat that was unbuttoned, allowing his signature blue tie to show. She was wearing black and blue overcoat that was buttoned, and carrying a black handbag. The first daughter had her blonde hair pulled up.
POTUS and his daughter walked slowly toward Marine One, Trump giving the pool a brief wave.
At 2:58 p.m., Ivanka boarded the executive helicopter first, followed by her father, who saluted the Marine as he started up the stairs.
At 3 p.m., the engines fired up, and two minutes later Marine One lifted off from the South Lawn.
However, the press pool did not have to wait long for a follow-up statement to be released that explained that President Trump had left to attend the “dignified transfer” of the remains of SEAL Team Six member William Owens:
POTUS is arriving shortly or has already arrived in Marine One at Dover Air Force Base for arrival of remains of a US commando killed early Sunday in Yemen during a raid on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Pentagon has identified the deceased as Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill. Multiple news outlets have said Owens was a member of SEAL Team 6. The death occurred during the first counter-terrorism operation of the Trump presidency.
Sen. Chris Coons (D) of Delaware is accompanying POTUS on the visit to Dover AFB.
A dignified transfer is an event in which the remains of a fallen American soldier are transferred from the theater of operations to Dover Air Force Base, loaded individually into an awaiting vehicle, and then taken to the port mortuary.
According to Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, a dignified transfer is not considered a ceremony, but is instead a “solemn movement” meant to honor the fallen.
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto reports on the fallen Navy SEAL below:
Source: Independent Journal Review