July 18, 2018

Trump praises US for role in Thai cave rescue.

President Trump on Sunday praised the U.S. for its role in the rescue of members of a youth soccer team from a cave in Thailand.

“The U.S. is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety,” he tweeted. “Very brave and talented people!”

This is Trump’s first comment on the rescue, and he did not provide specifics on the U.S.’s role in it. The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

A team of military personnel from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is assisting Royal Thai Navy SEAL divers in the search and rescue, along with elite British divers and other Thai military.

The president’s tweet came soon after several reports that the first boys had been successfully extracted from the Tham Luang cave complex.

The first members of the team were extracted from the cave Sunday, about eight hours after the rescue efforts began.

The rescue of all 12 boys and their coach could take days, according to officials.

Source: The Hill

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