Bill Owens, the father of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens who was killed during a raid in Yemen, says he refused to meet with President Donald Trump when his son’s body was brought back to the U.S. because of how the president treated a Gold Star family during the presidential campaign.
Speaking to the Miami Herald, Owens said:
“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him.”
Owens was referring to Trump’s treatment of the Khan family after Khizr Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention in July.
Owens was killed in a Jan. 28 raid that the Trump administration dubbed a success. Bill Owens told the Herald that “the government owes my son an investigation” into the operation.
“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?’’
US military sources told Reuters that the fledgling Trump administration executed the raid “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.”