President Donald Trump, alongside First Lady Melania Trump attended a “dignified transfer ceremony” Thursday night to two Army helicopter pilots killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this week.
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Melania teamed the coat with black leather gloves by Bottega Veneta and leather knee high boots from Victoria Beckham. The boots features a round toe and a chunky high heel. It retails for $1,589 and is on sale for $1,430 at FarFetch.com.
The president flew from Washington to Delaware with Melania, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Army Sgt. Major Michael Grinston and actor Jon Voight, who had received the Medal of Arts from the president at a White House ceremony earlier in the day.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Knadle, 33, of Tarrant, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk Fuchigami Jr., 25, of Keaanu, Hawaii, were killed after their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan’s Logar province. They were providing security for troops on the ground at the time of the crash.
The soldiers both were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division based out of Fort Hood, Texas. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter, but the U.S. military has dismissed that as a false claim. The Pentagon said the incident is being investigated.
The White House said Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke on the phone earlier Thursday morning, and both “agreed a reduction in violence is necessary to move the peace process forward” and for all-Afghan negotiations regarding a political settlement to be successful.
The 15 minute event was nearly silent except for a few words spoken by a marshal, who directed the transfer. 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.
Wednesday’s crash brought this year’s U.S. death toll in Afghanistan to 19, excluding three noncombat deaths.
Thursday’s trip was Trump’s second to the Delaware military base this year, and his third visit there overall as president. Trump went to the Delaware base in January 2019 for the return of four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. His first transfer service was in February 2017, for the return of a Navy Seal killed during a raid on an al-Qaida compound in Yemen.
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