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How Carryn Owens ended up in the balcony to create the emotional high point of Trump's speech

Mar 01, 2017 - Washington Post Blogs

The invitation came on Jan. 30, the day after her husband was killed in a raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in Yemen.

President Trump, then just 10 days in office, called Carryn Owens, the grieving widow of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, to express his condolences, according to a White House account, and to invite her and her three children to visit him at the White House.

"By the way," Trump told Owens, according to the White House, "I'm going to be giving this speech in February. If...