Donald Trump had a secret.
He and his daughter Ivanka boarded Marine One for a secret trip.
Naturally, the media lost their minds. But when they found out where Trump was headed, they looked foolish.
Donald Trump has sometimes ventured out without the protective press pool.
The media flips out when this happens.
And recently, Trump and his daughter were seen departing the White House for an unscheduled trip.
But where was Trump headed?
Donald and Ivanka Trump were making a solemn journey to Dover Air Force Base to greet the remains of fallen Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens.
Owens made the ultimate sacrifice in a raid on a terrorist compound in Yemen.
The Washington Times reports:
Assuming the somber duties of Commander in Chief, President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip Wednesday to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a weekend raid in Yemen.
Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old from Peoria, Illinois, was the first known U.S. combat casualty since Trump took office less than two weeks ago. More than half a dozen militant suspects were also killed in the raid on an al-Qaeda compound and three other U.S. service members were wounded.
More than a dozen civilians were also killed in the operation, including the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric and U.S. citizen who was targeted and killed by a drone strike in 2011.
Trump’s trip to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base was shrouded in secrecy. The president and his daughter, Ivanka, departed the White House in the presidential helicopter with their destination unannounced. A small group of journalists traveled with Trump on the condition that the visit was not reported until his arrival.
After returning to the White House, Trump commented on the trip at the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
“I just returned from an amazing visit with a great, great family at Dover,” Trump said. “It is something very sad, very beautiful. Ryan, a great man.”
But why was the trip a secret?
Those were the Owens family’s wishes.
The family of William “Ryan” Owens has asked for privacy; no press coverage. Delaware Dem @ChrisCoons there too. Heartbreaking
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) February 1, 2017
For all the talk of Donald Trump not “acting presidential,” he proved with this incident that what he cares about is showing dignity and respect for those who serve, and their families who are suffering when they make the ultimate sacrifice.