It’s pretty shocking that with all of the bashing of our president regarding his phone call to a grieving widow that CNN of all news outlets would cover a beautiful and heartfelt call President Trump made to a Gold Star wife last April about the loss of her husband. This is a touching story of a call from President Trump last April. You know his heart is in the right place and that he really feels for this family:
Natasha De Alencar got a call in April from President Donald Trump four days after her husband. Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar had just been brought back in a flag-crapped casket from Afghanistan. De Alencar was a member of the 7th Special Forces group and was killed on April 8.
His wife, Natasha, has this to say about the tragic loss of her husband: “On April 10th, we went to Dover Air Force Base to welcome my husband back home with our whole family. But this time it was not a celebration.”
Two days later, President Trump called as she sat with an Army casualty officer:
THE CALL FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP:
Four days later, on April 12, De Alencar was with the casualty officer when his phone rang. When the casualty officer handed it to her, the person on the other end told her Trump wanted to talk to her.
“Natasha,” Trump said in the call filmed by her children and the video provided to CNN on Thursday night by De Alencar.
“I’m so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a horrible thing … he’s an unbelievable hero and you know all the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was … ,” Trump said.
De Alencar said Trump had researched her husband and was familiar with the awards he had received.
She described herself as a Democrat who does not “do politics.” As a father himself, she said, Trump appeared to understand the magnitude of her loss. In the call, Trump talked about her children, especially her oldest son, who plays college football.
“It became nothing about politics but a person who understood, and that is what he gave to us,” De Alencar said.
‘THEIR FATHER WAS A GREAT HERO’
The conversation lasted about five minutes, she said. Before the end of the conversation, Trump gave her a message for her children.
“Tell them their father was a great hero that I respected,” Trump said.
The President told De Alencar to take care of herself and extended an invitation to visit the White House. “If you’re around Washington, you come over and see me in the Oval Office,” he said.
De Alencar said it was important to record the call.
“All you got is memories and having the commander-in- chief call you for five minutes is an important memory,” she said.