Within hours of U.S. Central Command announcing Sunday that a U.S. service member had been killed in a raid against al-Qaida in Yemen, President Donald Trump issued a statement lamenting the unnamed service member’s death.
“Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” he said, according to the Department of Defense. “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces and the families they leave behind are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world.
“My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member,” he added. “I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.”
The soldier’s death was the first in combat under Trump’s command. Three other service members were also reportedly injured during the raid. Likewise, according to CNN, three senior al-Qaida leaders were among the estimated 14 terrorists killed.
The president’s quick and thoughtful response was a strong pivot from the actions of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, who on a number of occasions either delayed the issuance of a statement or, in some cases, refrained from making one altogether.
Following the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan two years ago, for instance, Obama said nothing.
“There was no statement from President Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii with his family,” CNS News reported at the time. “Obama played golf on Monday afternoon at the Mid-Pacific Country Club, after a morning workout at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.”
The difference between Trump and Obama was unmistakable. Since taking office on Jan. 20, President Trump has neither taken a break nor deviated from his mission to safeguard the American people, root out terrorism and serve as commander in chief of the nation’s armed forces.
And while the combat death in Yemen was tragic, at least it occurred under the leadership of a man who cares.
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