CNN personality Van Jones, who served in the Obama administration, surprisingly praised President Donald Trump for paying his respects to the grieving widow of a Navy SEAL who was killed in action during a raid on a terrorist hideout in Yemen. Jones said that in doing so, Trump “became president of the United States in that moment. Period."
While he has long been critical of Trump, Jones said, "There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him, to be mad of him, but that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics period." Jones went on to say that Trump did something "extraordinary." He went on to say, "And for people who had been hoping he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment."
Jones said, "For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should be a little bit worried tonight. Because that thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he's going to be there for eight years."
While Jones claimed that the president made “contrafactual” statements and that he remains opposed to Trump, he said, "But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from. He became president of the United States."
Liberals concerned over Trump's presidential character
White House correspondent Jonathan Karl issued a tweet that said that this was Trump at his "most presidential," giving his "most effective speech yet."
This is @realDonaldTrump at his most presidential -- his most effective speech yet— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) March 1, 2017
"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 General 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."