Trump travels to Delaware base to honor four Americans killed in Syria

US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and others pay their respects as the remains of Scott A. Wirtz, a Defense Intelligence Agency civilian and former Navy Seal, are carried by during a dignified transfer for US personal killed in a suicide bombing in Syria Dover Air Force Base January 19, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Trump travels to Delaware base to honor four Americans killed in Syria

By Alexandra Alper | Reuters

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del — President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.

Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a predawn tweet, saying he was going “to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!”

Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House prior to departure that he planned to meet the families, a duty which he said “might be the toughest thing I have to do as president.”

He was greeted by military staff at Dover Air Force Base after a short flight from Joint Base Andrews, but did not speak to reporters before entering his motorcade.

The Dover base is a traditional hub for returning the remains of American troops abroad.

The United States believes the attack that killed the Americans was the work of Islamic State militants.

Trump announced last month that he planned to speedily withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, but has since said it does not need to go quickly as he tries to ensure the safety of Kurdish allies in northern Syria who are at risk of attack from neighboring Turkey.

Trump told reporters on Saturday that his Syria policy has made progress but that some work remained in destroying Islamic State targets. He defended his plans for a withdrawal.


Source: The Mercury News



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