by BK Masterson
February 11, 2020 — As has happened before, President Donald J Trump changed his plans to take part in a solemn service at Dover Air Force Base honoring and receiving the remains of fallen warriors. SFC Antonio R. Rodriguez, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and SFC Javier J. Gutierrez, of San Antonio, Texas, both died Saturday in a firefight in Nangarhar Province.
Cutting short his rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, the president was on hand honoring the fallen and supporting the families, as the flag-draped cases were ceremoniously carried from the C-17 transport aircraft.
Travelling with the president and joining with the mourners were members of the president’s group who had appeared at the rally earlier in the evening: Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kuschner, NSA Robert O’Brien, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Described as an emotional scene in the pool report from the LA Times’ Eli Stokols, travelling with the president, the mood was somber and reverent.
At 11:03 in a light rain, the marshaler directed the vehicle with the family members of both transfers onto the tarmac and it pulled to a stop. One family member broke away toward the C-17 carrying the two transfers and was wailing as other family members and a soldier gathered her on the bottom of the rear ramp.
A few moments later once the family members were beneath a canopy, the Army carry team emerged from our right and walked behind the transfer vehicle up the ramp into the rear of the C-17 aircraft. VPOTUS and POTUS followed.
After a prayer inside the aircraft out of our view, VPOTUS and POTUS walked out and stood at attention. When the carry team brought the first flag-draped transfer, SFC Javier J. Gutierrez, down to the tarmac, they saluted as the six white gloved members of the carry team walked past with the flag-draped remains and loaded it into the waiting vehicle.
Then, the same carry team did an about face and walked back up into the C-17. After another short prayer, they came out carrying the second flag-draped transfer, SFC Antonio R. Rodriguez, again passing VPOTUS and POTUS, who stood at attention, both saluting with their right hands.
When both transfers were loaded, the back doors of the vehicle were closed and the van drove away. As the carry team and official party walked past the family, POTUS gave a low thumbs up, pumping his right fist below his waist as they walked out of view at 11:31.
Source: The Daily Wire