- When a helicopter assigned to the international peacekeeping force crashed off the coast of Egypt, five US troops and two foreign military personnel were killed.
- President-elect Biden issued an extended statement on Twitter “Deep condolences to the relatives of the peacekeepers.”
- On the other hand, President Donald Trump does not seem to have made any remarks about the crash on Thursday afternoon, but instead focused on criticizing Fox News and complaining about his defeat in the election.
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When their helicopter crashed on Thursday, five American soldiers were killed. President-elect Biden expressed condolences. On the other hand, President Donald Trump complained about Fox News.
A helicopter assigned to the Multinational Force and Observer (MFO) crashed near Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing seven people, including a French soldier and a Czech.
An American soldier survived and was medically evacuated.
An earlier report by the MFO stated that six Americans were killed in the incident, which is why some statements on the matter stated that six Americans were killed. This count was revised by the MFO on Thursday afternoon.
Hours after the news of the crash, Trump tweeted criticizing people for criticizing Fox News. He then tweeted his criticism of conservative networks.
-Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
After that tweet, someone claimed election fraud, which is the common theme of many recent tweets by the president after Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
When this article was written on Thursday afternoon, insiders were unable to find the president’s public statement before the tragedy.
Biden’s son Bo Biden’s son Bo Biden served in the National Guard and was deployed to Iraq before dying of brain cancer. His brief statement on Twitter expressed his condolences.
-Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 12, 2020
After the crash, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller issued a statement in the tragic crash, and Mark Esper replaced him after being fired by the president on Monday.
In a statement issued before the statement, Miller said: “The Department of Defense is deeply saddened by the deaths of six U.S. soldiers and two soldiers from partner countries in the helicopter crash that occurred in the Sinai Peninsula and the United Nations Multinational Force and Observer (MFO). .” Updated casualties.
He said: “Yesterday, we recognized the sacrifices of millions of American veterans who worked hard to defend the country. Today, we tragically remind us that soldiers in uniform may pay the final full price for their service. “I extend my condolences to the family, friends and teammates of these service personnel.”
The MFO, which enforced the 40-year peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, is currently investigating the cause of the crash, although it is believed to be a mechanical failure.
Update: This post has been updated. An earlier version of this article incorrectly pointed out the number of deaths caused by the MFO’s misstatement. The latest MFO statement stated that five US troops were killed in the crash.