Trump Pays Tribute to Two Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Trump pays tribute to soldiers killed in Afghanistan
David Kneil and Kirk Fuchigami Jr. crash Wednesday in helicopter crash in Logar province
U.S. President Donald Trump pays tribute to two Army officers who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week.
Trump and his wife, Melania, traveled to Dover Air Force Base to offer condolences to the families of the victims, 33-year-old Senior Warrant Officer Second Class David Kneidl and 25-year-old Senior Warrant Officer Second Class Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr..
An entire delegation arrived with the President and First Lady, which included the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Millie and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien..
When the coffins covered with a flag were handed over to relatives, the president and the military personnel present saluted military honor, and civilians laid their hands on their hearts.
Trump said that for him such ceremonies are one of the most difficult things in the work of the president..
Kneidl and Fuchigami Jr. crashed in a helicopter on Wednesday while providing aid to ground forces in Logar province in eastern Afghanistan. Both were assigned to the Fort Hood base in Texas.
Taking into account this incident, 19 American citizens were killed in Afghanistan over the year, including three in non-combat conditions..
The Taliban said the helicopter was shot down by militants, but the US military calls this statement false. The investigation into the causes of the crash is not over.
Trump ended talks with the Taliban in September after a terrorist attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier.
Trump spoke by phone with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday, White House officials said. They noted that “violence needs to be reduced to advance the peace process”.
Over 2,400 Americans have died in 18 years of conflict in Afghanistan.
“This is one of those endless wars that never end,” Trump said earlier. “Everything has a time and a place, but now it’s time to stop.”.
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