Monday, April 10, 2017

Oval Office Chat: Stefan Lofven, COs of the USS Ross and USS Porter, and Abdel Fattah Al Sisi

President Trump spoke by phone yesterday with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden to express condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed in Friday's terrorist attack in central Stockholm, and to wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded. The two leaders agreed to maintain and strengthen the already close partnership between the United States and Sweden in the global fight against terrorism.

Yesterday, The President also placed a call to Commander Andria Slough, Commanding Officer of USS Porter, and Commander Russell Caldwell, Commanding Officer of USS Ross, to thank them and their personnel for successfully executing the strike against the Shayrat Air Base in Syria, the location the regime of Bashar al-Assad used to launch a heinous chemical weapons attack against innocent civilians. The President commended the two commanders and their crews for the speed, precision, and effectiveness with which they carried out the operation. The President communicated that, as the Commander in Chief, he could not be more proud of the crews of USS Porter and USS Ross and their flawless execution of the operation.  

President Trump then spoke with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt to convey his deepest condolences to Egypt and to the families who lost loved ones in the heinous terrorist attacks against Christian churches on Palm Sunday. President Trump condemned the attacks that killed and injured dozens of Egyptians. The President also expressed his confidence in President Al Sisi’s commitment to protect Christians and all Egyptians.  

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

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