Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, fought back tears as President Trump addressed her during his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday.
Barely a month after the death of her husband in a much-criticized U.S. anti-terrorist raid in Yemen, Carryn Owens was one of President Trump’s guests in the House gallery for his address to Congress.
Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens died in the first such operation approved by the new president.
She wept as Trump spoke directly to her:
“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation.
“I just spoke to our great Gen. Mattis, just now, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.’ Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. Thank you.”