Left Attacks Trump for Honoring Widow of Navy SEAL During Speech

Carryn Owens, widow of Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, on Capitol Hill, Feb. 28, 2017 / AP
March 1, 2017

President Trump recognized the widow of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens during his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.

Owens was killed last month during an anti-terrorism operation in Yemen, which some have characterized as a failure. Senior U.S. officials have said no significant intelligence was recovered from the raid, although Secretary of Defense James Mattis has, according to the president, described the operation as "highly successful," generating "large amounts of vital intelligence."

When Trump acknowledged Owen's widow, Carryn Owens, the room gave her a standing ovation that lasted nearly two minutes. It was the most emotional part of the president's speech.

But some did not find it unifying and took the opportunity to castigate the president–and Owens herself in at least one case.

MSNBC reporter Katy Tur tweeted at first that honoring Owens was the most "extraordinary" moment she has seen from Trump, but in later tweets, Tur said it was "anything but presidential."

A former volunteer for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, Dan Grilo, attacked Carryn Owens personally but later deleted the tweet.

But one reporter from the New York Times Maggie Haberman came to Owens' defense, saying it was a "strong moment" and she thought that the president "handled it correctly."

She said it was the widow's choice to participate in the speech, and that was how Owens "wanted to honor her husband."