In an extraordinary moment that brought some Americans to tears Tuesday night, President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress featured an emotional message to the widow of a Navy SEAL who died in a raid in Yemen last month. Officials in Trump's White House have said the raid was approved by the Obama administration, but there's evidence that suggests the opposite is true.
"And Ryan is looking down right now", Trump added, calling him a "hero" who laid down his life for USA freedoms. "Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom".
Guest Moore was asked by host Chris Matthews, "What do you think about his counting the applause minutes that passed over a very poignant moment with the widow, who looked like a wonderful person, in love with her husband?"
"And I can understand people saying that".
She and her children visited the White House on February 28 and met privately with Trump and some of his senior aides.
"I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him", Owens told the newspaper.
Facing this controversy, sources told CNN earlier Tuesday that White House aides asked the Pentagon for information about the controversial raid that it could make public in Trump's speech to better explain the mission's objective and demonstrate that the results were worth its costs.
President Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday included a tribute to the widow of a Navy SEAL from Peoria who was killed in a terrorism raid in Yemen.
Mission planning started before Trump took office.
In an interview published Sunday, Owens' father, William Owens, questioned the president's decision to go through with the raid. "This was something they wanted to do", he said on Fox & Friends. In addition to militants, at least 25 civilians, including nine children younger than 13, also lost their lives in the raid, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
"Don't hide behind my son's death to prevent an investigation", the elder Owens warned Mr Trump.
Spicer explained that the president first extended an invitation to appear at the speech on January 30, during a condolence call to Carryn Owens.
This was, perhaps, the most inauthentic part of Trump's entire speech.