Second Benghazi parent backs Trump

Second Benghazi parent backs Trump
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The father of a Navy SEAL killed in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack endorsed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE on Tuesday.

Charles Woods, the father of fallen Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, pledged his support for Trump in a statement that emphasized the Republican presidential nominee’s strength on national security.

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“I support Donald Trump, and the main reason is national security as well as the economy are the two most important issues that voters are going to have to decide upon next November,” Woods said.

Tyrone Woods was killed at the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, after the facility came under heavy mortar fire. At the time, Woods was a former SEAL working for the CIA as a contractor.
 
A Trump campaign statement announcing the Woods endorsement also criticized former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report What are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? MORE’s handling of the attack, which left four Americans including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens dead.

“Hillary Clinton's poor judgment led to these tragic deaths in Libya,” the statement said. “First, her reckless decision to invade Libya unleashed radical Islamic terror groups that threatened Americans. Compounded with her failure to provide the necessary security upgrades and reinforcements cost four Americans their lives.

“After it all, she lied to the world about what happened to cover up the role of Radical Islam. We could have known more about her actions, but she illegally stored and then deleted 33,000 emails,” Woods concluded, referring to emails Clinton sent through a private server while at State.  

Woods is the second parent of a Benghazi victim to speak up for Trump and against Clinton on the campaign trail. Patricia Smith spoke at the Republican National Convention and has also appeared on television to defend Trump.

The statement from Woods comes as Trump looks to parry criticism over his comments about Khizr and Gazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. Khizr Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention, where he questioned Trump’s understanding of the Constitution.