Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar was killed in Afghanistan on April 8 during a firefight with Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan.
He and his wife Natasha had been married fifteen years, and De Alencar left behind five children: Deshaune, Octavia, Rodrigo, Tatiyana, and Marcos. “My husband was truly one of those people who would give you the shirt off of his back and he would look out for you before himself,” his widow told the Washington Post.
Apparently, after the hoopla that surrounded the President’s call to a recently widowed wife of a soldier killed in Niger, reporters started calling Natasha, because…. that’s what reporters do: call families who have recently suffered great loss and ask them to criticize the commander in chief. Anyway, since she was getting so many calls, she decided to release the audio of her call.
The Washington Post has the details of the call:
Trump opened by saying how sorry he is about the “whole situation,” before adding that De Alencar’s husband was “an unbelievable hero.”
“At that moment when my world was upside down and me and my kids didn’t know which way we were going, it felt like I was talking to just another regular human,” De Alencar said.
Later in the call, Trump invited De Alencar to the White House, telling her, “If you’re around Washington, you come over and see me in the Oval Office,” before asking about her oldest son, Deshaun, who is playing college football at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.De Alencar told Trump that her son had received a scholarship, and Trump asked whether it was an academic or sports scholarship. (It was an academic scholarship.)
The conversation then shifted to De Alencar’s four other children. Trump asked her to say hello to them for him and to “tell them their father was a great hero that I respected.”
The phone call ended with Trump repeating his invitation to the White House and advising De Alencar to take care of herself. In total, the conversation lasted just under four minutes.
“It was a moment of niceness that we needed because we were going through hell,” De Alencar said.
Wow. That sounds actually nice and respectful and kind. Now, reporters, what are you going to do? Harass more Gold Star families? I’m so sick and tired of the media trying to criticize every single thing the President does — and even politicizing the sacred, like the loss of American heroes. Thank you, Natasha, for your unbelievable sacrifice and for releasing this audio.
Hat Tip: Washington Post