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Trump makes surprise trip on presidential helicopter to honor return of fallen US Navy SEAL

Alex Lockie
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(President Donald Trump walks off of Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, after returning from a trip to Philadelphia.AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump made a surprise, unannounced trip on Wednesday to honor the return of slain US Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens.

Owens died during a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen, along with about 30 civilians and 14 members of al Qaeda. Three other Navy SEALs were wounded in the raid, and a $70 million MV-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to a Marine quick-reaction force that had been sent to rescue the SEALs had to be destroyed after it lost power. 

Trump released a statement after the news of Owens' death expressing his sorrow and praising the bravery of the US service members who gathered "important intelligence that will assist the US in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world."

Trump was said to have had a long phone call with Owens' family. Owens represents the first combat loss during Trump's presidency.

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