President Donald Trump unexpectedly left the White House on Wednesday afternoon to make an unannounced visit to Dover Air Force Base to receive the remains of fallen Navy SEAL, Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens.
Owens was tragically killed this past weekend in an anti-terrorism raid against al Qaeda in Yemen. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reported that fourteen al Qaeda members were killed in the raid and a significant amount of valuable intelligence was obtained.
Spicer added that President Trump spoke with Owens' family over the phone, offering his "sincerest condolences" to his wife, father, and three children.
In addition to the president's honorable surprise visit, Secretary of Defense James Mattis also praised the late Owens.
“Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service,” Mattis said in a statement. “The United States would not long exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors.”
Trump approved the Yemen operation, which had been in the planning stages for months under President Obama's administration.
It's not often that presidents attend dignified transfer ceremonies, so we're sure Owens' family was very appreciative of Trump's respectful visit.