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Trump Pays Respects at Dover Air Force Base

He attends return of 2 fallen US soldiers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2019 12:20 AM CST
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President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and actor Jon Voight exit Air Force One on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., following a, trip to Dover Air Force Base, Del.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – President Trump has said the toughest part of his job is receiving the remains of fallen service members. On Thursday night, he was at Dover Air Force Base for the return of two more Americans killed overseas. The White House said the president would be at the Delaware base to meet families and attend the casualty return ceremony for Chief Warrant Officers David Knadle and Kirk Fuchigami, who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week, the Hill reports. Knadle, 33, was from Tarrant, Texas, and Fuchigami, 25, was from Keaau, Hawaii. The military has denied the Taliban's claim that they shot down the Chinook helicopter.

The president, who saluted as the metal cases were transferred from a plane's cargo hold to a waiting van, attended the transfer of remains with First Lady Melania Trump as well as Pentagon officials including Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist. He was also accompanied by actor Jon Voight, who had been awarded the National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony earlier Thursday. The AP reports that this was Trump's second visit to Dover Air Force Base this year and his third as president. (Read more Dover Air Force Base stories.)

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