Former President Donald J. Trump released a statement on Thursday to the American people on the tragedy in Afghanistan after a terrorist attack led by ISIS-K killed 12 United States Marines, a Navy Medic, and critically injured dozens more service members.
"As one nation America mourns the loss of our brave and brilliant American service members in a savage and barbaric terrorist attack in Afghanistan. These noble American warriors laid down their lives in the line of duty. They sacrificed themselves for the country that they loved, racing against time to rescue their fellow citizens from harm's way," Trump said.
"They died as American heroes and our nation will honor their memory forever," Trump continued.
"I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of those we have lost. Today, all Americans grieve alongside you. Together, we also pray that God will heal the other courageous American service members who were wounded in this heinous attack. In addition, our hearts are with the families of all the innocent civilians who died and with the many men, women, and children who were terribly injured in this act of evil."
"This tragedy should never have taken place. It should never have happened. And it would not have happened if I were your President. Over the past few weeks, I know that many Americans have felt profound sorrow and even pain watching the events taking place in Afghanistan and perhaps none more so than the veterans of that 20 year war. Many of them answered the call proudly and without hesitation after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Every American who served in Afghanistan has made tremendous sacrifices for our country."
"On behalf of your fellow citizens, I want you to know that those sacrifices were not made in vain. We know what you did, we know how brave you were and we thank you. We salute you and we honor you for all time. I hope that every American will join me in continuing to pray for the safe return of all US citizens and soldiers from Afghanistan in the coming days. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America," former President Trump stated in his address on Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night.