During his speech on Saturday, Donald Trump recounted intimate interactions with the families of fallen soldiers that appeared to deeply move the former president.
Trump made his remarks during his speech to North Carolina Republicans in the city of Greenville.
Trump described how emotional those moments were as soldiers’ coffins were being returned to the U.S.
“I’d be at Dover, where these magnificent machines would come in, the big cargo planes, and that door would open up, and there’d be a coffin in the back,” Trump said. “And the military, the soldiers, would take that coffin and walk it off the plane.”
“And I’d be with the parents an hour before, and we’d be talking, and I’d say to the general in charge, ‘General, the parents seemed to be OK,’ and he’d say, ‘No, they’re not, sir,” Trump explained.
“They’re not OK,'” Trump recalled the general telling him.
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“I said, ‘General, I’m having a great conversation.’ And the mothers oftentimes would say, ‘Oh, my son was such a great football player. Sir, he had an arm that was so powerful,'” Trump said, explaining how parents would express how proud they were of their children.
“He was so strong, and he could throw a ball so far,” Trump said parents would say. “He was such a good player,’ or other things. They’d tell me these stories.”
He added, “They just were so in love with telling the stories about their son or their daughter, in some cases, their daughter.”
The former president marveled over how “amazing” the families “handled” the death of their loved ones.”
But soon learned that mood would change.
“And then, the plane would come in, and the general would say, ‘Sir, it’s not going to be good.’ And that door would open up, that big back door, right, would open up from this incredible, powerful machine that can lift up Army tanks like it’s nothing,” Trump remembered.
That when things became intense, and understandably so.
Trump recalled, “And it would open up, and there’d be one or two or three or four coffins, and I’d see the same people that were talking to me so jubilant about their child, how great the child was, would start screaming, screaming.”
“Screams like I’ve never heard before,” Trump sadly said.
“It was the most terrible thing to watch,” he added. “And the general in charge would say, ‘Sir, you’re going to see things that you maybe will not have seen.’ ‘Like what, General?’ He said, ‘Mothers and wives, and even fathers sometimes, breaking through the military ranks and jumping on top of the coffin.”
Trump then explained he saw exactly that once.
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“And I got to see that one time where a mother, she was devastated,” he said. “She jumped on, and these incredible, extremely fit soldiers are taking that coffin, and would jump onto the coffin, and they wouldn’t do a thing, they would just keep walking.”
The former president then began to explain that America needs to get completely out of these “endless wars,” and that he was glad President Joe Biden said he will continue the withdrawal Trump started.
“And we’re moving them out,” Trump said. “We’re moving them back. Twenty-one years. You know, you’ve heard 19 years, but it’s not 19. Now, it’s 21 years in Afghanistan. It’s enough.”
Trump then noted, “And we haven’t lost a soldier in Afghanistan since January of last year. Not one single soldier’s been lost. Pretty amazing. It’s pretty amazing.”
The Trump administration had negotiated a deal to have all U.S. troops removed from Afghanistan – America’s longest war – by May 1.
President Joe Biden later pushed that deadline back to Sept. 11 of this year.
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