One of the solemn duties of the President of the United States, and the Vice President, that absolutely no one envies is the welcoming of the remains of fallen soldiers from overseas. President Donald Trump, and his Vice President Mike Pence, have been particularly vigilant in this duty, but before Monday, not in tandem.
That changed after the rousing Presidential Campaign rally in New Hampshire Monday evening, which was held early before a sold-out crowd of over 12,000 people with just as many outside the arena where it was held. The president and vice president made a stop in Dover, Delaware, on the way back to Washington, and…
POTUS and VPOTUS touched down at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware just before 10:00 pm ET, where they met the families of the fallen servicemen. According to the White House pool, one of the family members briefly removed herself from the group and wept prior to being gathered and consoled by another family member.
Flag-draped caskets carrying Rodriguez and Gutierrez were carried by six “white-gloved” members of the U.S. Army carry team from the C-17 to the transfer vehicles, as Trump and Pence stood and saluted the “fallen heroes.” Two separate prayers preceded the transfer of both caskets.
“These were fallen heroes and we were close by and the president wrapped his rally early so he could come,” National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told reporters on Air Force One Monday evening.
O’Brien, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz all also attended the ceremony.
That’s quite a group on a cold, dark winter night to accept heroes back home.
At the ceremony, as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Trump stood in solemn salute with other government officials holding their hands over their hearts.
Rest in peace, gentlemen.