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Politics President Trump, first lady pay respects to Army officers killed in Afghanistan crash

09:30  22 november  2019
09:30  22 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects Thursday evening to two Army officers who were killed this week in a helicopter crash in (U.S. Army ). The crash brought this year’s U.S. death toll in Afghanistan to 19, excluding three noncombat deaths, The Associated Press

(AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects Thursday to a pair of Army officers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this week. Trump and Milley saluted the soldiers, while the first lady and O’Brien stood with their hands over their hearts for the dignified transfer of remains.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects Thursday evening to two U.S. Army officers who were killed this week in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look on as a U.S. Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, of Tarrant, Texas, who according to the Department of Defense died in Afghanistan, during a casualty return ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Dover Air Force Base, Del. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)© ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look on as a U.S. Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, of Tarrant, Texas, who according to the Department of Defense died in Afghanistan, during a casualty return ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Dover Air Force Base, Del. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The president and first lady traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where they watched as flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, 33, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., 25, were removed from a military aircraft.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump , board Air Force One for a trip to Dover Air Force Base to attend a casualty return WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was to pay respects Thursday to a pair of Army officers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan .

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump , board Air Force One for a trip to Dover Air Force Base to attend a WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to pay his respects to two U.S. service members who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week.

The Trumps and a small group of aides and military personnel bowed their heads in prayer, then saluted or held a hand over their heart as a U.S. Army carry team transported the coffins.

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Trump has described witnessing the transfer of remains of fallen military personnel as “the toughest thing I have to do” as president.

Both Knadle, of Tarrant, Texas, and Fuchigami Jr., of Keaau, Hawaii, died Wednesday when their helicopter crashed as they provided air cover for ground troops in Logar Province in eastern Afghanistan. Both were assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

(L-R) US Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, First Lady Melania Trump, and US President Donald Trump attend a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware on November 21, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) (L-R) US Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, First Lady Melania Trump, and US President Donald Trump attend a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware on November 21, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The crash brought this year’s U.S. death toll in Afghanistan to 19, excluding three noncombat deaths, The Associated Press reported. More than 2,400 Americans have died in Afghanistan since military operations began there in 2001.

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President Trump and the first lady , Melania Trump , on Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.Credit Doug WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday greeted the families of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan a day earlier, the third such visit he has made to Dover Air Force Base

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to pay his respects to two U.S. service members who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week. Trump is traveling to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for Thursday’s return of the fallen Army officers ’ remains.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter, but the U.S. military has dismissed that as a false claim. The crash remains under investigation.

Those accompanying the president and first lady included Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Army Sgt. Major Michael Grinston and actor Jon Voight, who came at Trump’s invitation after being honored at a White House ceremony earlier in the day.

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The trip to Dover was the president’s second this year and third overall since taking office. In January, Trump paid his respects to four Americans who were killed by a suicide bombing in Syria, and in February 2017, shortly after taking office, Trump attended a transfer service for a Navy SEAL who was killed during a raid against al-Qaeda in Yemen.

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