The most profound moment of President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night was undoubtedly the prolonged standing ovation for Carryn Owens, the widow of fallen Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during a military raid in Yemen. However, there was a secret meeting which took place just before that emotional moment, which was previously kept hidden from the press.
“For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” Trump said of the fallen SEAL as he addressed Congress. “Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom. And we will never forget Ryan.”
This moment has since been widely talked about, but there was another which was previously not known about at all.
…what wasn’t as widely known on Tuesday was Trump’s private meeting with Carryn Owens and her three children before his address.
A search through Getty photos returned zero results, evidence that the meeting was kept completely under wraps and hidden from the media. There were no cameras, no press releases, no spectacle.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer only revealed that the meeting had taken place the next day. He said on Wednesday that Trump’s meeting with the Owens family was intentionally kept secret to avoid press attention.
During the meeting, the White House even asked Mrs. Owens if it would be OK for President Trump to reference her during his speech, Spicer said. She reportedly replied, “I’d like that.”
“Even with referencing her in the speech, that was her decision,” Spicer told reporters. [Source: IJR]
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 1, 2017
President Trump has been criticized by those on the left who have said he was using Ms. Owens as a prop, but these naysayers will clearly resort to any means in order to find something wrong with anything he does. The fact that Trump insisted the media not know about his meeting with the Owens family beforehand means that he handled them with the utmost secrecy and sensitivity, seeking only to honor them, not make them a media spectacle. He is truly a class act.