President Donald Trump greeted the courage and bravery of Army Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams during a White Medal of Honor of the White House Wednesday where he described his efforts to protect his comrades during a special armed forces mission in Afghanistan.
Trump called Williams & # 39; one of the bravest soldiers and people I have ever met & # 39; as he described his mission in 2008 during the battle of Shok Valley during the Afghan war.
While awarding the country's highest military honor, Trump compared the mission with last week's efforts to eliminate ISIS terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The president described the mission Williams and his team had undertaken to try and eliminate a terror leader in a remote mountain village. & # 39; Sounded simple. Not easy, & # 39; said Trump.
President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams, van Boerne, Texas, October 30, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC. Williams received the nation's highest military honor for heroic actions during his service in the Shok Valley in Afghanistan in 2008
After being dropped off by Chinook helicopters, Williams and colleague Green Berets encountered roughly 200 insurgents who had been fiercely attacked and it was a big surprise. Very unwanted surprise that I could add, & said the president. The soldiers were supported against a 100-foot rock.
Williams helped rescue four seriously wounded soldiers during an operation to eliminate the terrorist target in Afghanistan.
& # 39; He ran down the mountain to get support and then climbed up again with bullets spraying all around. Not a good place to be, & Trump went on.
After organizing a counterattack, Williams & # 39; then helped evacuate the wounded from a very, very steep cliff, & # 39; said the president, "putting his own life in great danger to save his comrades".
Trump compared the mission on two points with the successful attempt to eliminate ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria.
Trump described Williams & # 39; efforts to protect his comrades under a hail bundle
Williams and his detachment of Green Berets were looking for a valuable target in Shok Valley in Afghanistan
The president compared the mission to the successful attempt to bring down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Earlier Wednesday, Trump attacked Army-Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who testified to the house of his call to the President of Ukraine as part of an allegation investigation.
After praising the capabilities of the US forces, Trump said: & # 39; We demonstrated that a few days ago. These guys didn't know what the hell they were seeing. & # 39;
& # 39; It's not for me, & # 39; Williams said after the ceremony to a group of reporters outside the White House, about the military quote. He says that the full complement to his detachment is the real reason why I am standing here today.
& # 39; As a team, we trusted each other, we fought hard together, believed in each other, and that is really the reason why we could all come home & # 39 ;, he said in brief comments where he did not answer questions.
Hours earlier, he had tweeted an image of the military dog that helped chase the ISIS leader during the raid to get his own medal.
Trump & # 39; s words praising military heroism during the ceremony came hours after he again attacked the army-lieutenant colonel, who testified that a transcript of Trump & # 39; s call with the president of Ukraine omitted important information.
The president called Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who testified in the House on Tuesday, a & # 39; Never Trumper & # 39; – a term he used to attack political opponents from within the Republican Party. The president in a tweet noticed & # 39; Never Trumper Republicans & # 39; if & # 39; human scum & # 39 ;.
Williams was an arms sergeant with Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force 11 during the mission.
According to Army times, they were looking for a valuable target in line with the Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin. The target, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, is now leading an Afghan political party following a peace agreement.
Two Texas Republican senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, were there, as was North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, who is ready for re-election.