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."

 

 

"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."
Speaking to Congress, Trump said America will long remember the sacrifice of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens.  Paying tribute to him as a "warrior" and "hero, Trump said “Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity.” When Trump received yet another standing ovation, Owens’ widow, Carryn Owens, also stood to applaud. Both Democrats and Republicans applauded. Trump departed from his speech to make the aside: "Ryan is looking down right now, and he’s very happy because I think he just broke a record." Returning to his script, Trump said, “For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom. And we will never forget Ryan."
 
Carynn, who was standing in the visitors' gallery with Ivanka Trump, wept openly and looked heavenward while apparently forming the words "I love you babe," as the chamber erupted in applause. Standing behind her were Dr. Ben Carson, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
 
However, the chamber was not bipartisan in response when Trump vowed during his speech that, while the United States has spent “trillions and trillions of dollars overseas,” the “infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.”
 
Alluding to the groundswell of support he received that took him to the White House as a “quiet protest” on the part of “families of all colors and creeds, families who just wanted a fair shot for their children and a fair hearing for their concerns,” Trump said that it became a “loud chorus.” “Tens of millions” of people, Trump said, were “all united by one very simple but crucial demand - that America must put its own citizens first. “Because only then, can we truly make America great again.”
 
Later, when Trump spoke to his demand that all nations of the world respect the United States, he said "My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States." Both Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan leapt to the feet from their chairs behind Trump, while Republicans in the chamber also rose and gave a standing ovation. Democrats, as shown in a video clip, remained seated. 
 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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