There is sad news to report from Australia. An Australian Navy survey ship has located a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft that crashed over the weekend, leaving three Marines missing and presumed dead.
“Royal Australian Navy (RAN) survey ship HMAS Melville arrived in Shoalwater Bay overnight,” Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said in a statement Monday. “Shortly after commencing survey operations in the area, the submerged aircraft was located.”
On Saturday, the MV-22 Osprey crashed off the northeast coast of Australia during routine operations in what the service is calling a “mishap.” The incident is under investigation.
Twenty-three Marines aboard the aircraft were rescued, but three remain missing. On Sunday, the Marines called off the search for the missing, saying the operation was transitioning to recovery-and-salvage efforts.
Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), thanked Australia for its help in his own statement on Monday.
“I want to thank the Australian Defence Force, and the crew of the HMAS Melville in particular, for their assistance in the search and recovery effort of our MV-22 that went down off the coast of Australia,” Nicholson said. “They volunteered their help before we could even ask, demonstrating their friendship and value as international partners. The crew of the Melville and its assets have been invaluable in the recovery effort. On behalf of the Marines, sailors, and families of III MEF, I thank you for your support.”
And how did Donald Trump, our “president” respond?
Instead, Trump went on a 9-tweet tirade, attacking the press, claiming “fake news”, and attacking Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Today also happens to be Purple Heart Day.
Trump’s lack of response is telling, and Twitter pointed that out:
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