DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del.—President Donald Trump paid respects on Nov. 21 to a pair of Army officers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this week.
The president and First Lady Melania Trump, along with several senior aides, travelled to Delaware to meet with the families of Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, 33, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., 25, as they received the fallen soldiers remains.
Trump and the first lady were among a group of dignitaries, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and National Security Adviser Robert OBrien, who attended the roughly 12-minute ceremony and watched as six white-gloved members of the Armys Old Guard carefully handled the flag-draped transfer cases holding the soldiers.
Trump and Milley saluted the soldiers, while the first lady and OBrien stood with their hands over their hearts for the dignified transfer of remains.
Trump has said the responsibility of receiving the remains of fallen U.S. soldiers is “the toughest thing I have to do” as president.
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