Letter: Trump needs better words of comfort

Merciful God, in place of the painful brouhaha over one of the fallen soldiers in Niger, all President Donald Trump needed to do was try to better express the comfort the soldier’s loved ones so desperately need.

There are difficult times when one is reaching out in comfort to others and what gets said did not convey the much needed succor one wished to convey. And in getting misunderstood, first and foremost out of concern and regret you attempt to better get said what you were trying to say. This Trump did not do, and in place of doing so he tried to find another to share his lack of concern for the damage he had done. One might have thought that the Commander in Chief, who bears the highest responsibility for our troops being placed into harm’s way, might have better intended to say:

“Your dear loved one being willing to go into harm’s way in service to the people of his land was heroic, but that does not make the loss of such a remarkable citizen any easier to suffer. The nation owes him a debt of gratitude that cannot be paid in terms of greatly easing the loss of your cherished loved one and there is surely little comfort to be found in what we can say. But, I would like there to be a sincere hint of such in terms of how much I and fellow citizens sincerely wish we had such words.”

Sam Osborne

West Branch


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