A California Gold Star mother whose son, a Marine, was killed in an ISIS suicide bombing outside Kabul’s international airport last month requested former President Donald Trump to her child’s funeral. She said on Facebook that “it would be such an honor” if he could attend.
Kareem Nikoui, Shana Chappell’s son, was one of 13 U.S. service members—11 of them Marines—killed in the bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport’s Abbey Gate on Aug. 26. “I would love if somehow my President ( you Mr. Trump) could be present as I lay my beautiful baby boy Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui to rest,” she said on her Facebook page on Sept. 2.
“It would be such an honor to meet the real President of the United States of America, President Trump,” she continued. “I love you and America loves you.”
“Thank you Shana—our Country loves you and especially loves your beautiful boy, Kareem,” Trump responded in an emailed statement from his Save America PAC on Labor Day. However, he did not say whether he would attend the funeral, scheduled for Sept. 18, New York Post reported.
President Biden has been blamed by both Kareem Nikoui’s parents for their son’s death. Kareem’s father, Steve Nikoui, told the Daily Beast the day after the incident that the commander-in-chief had “turned his back on him.”
“They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security,” Steve Nikoui told the website.
In a lengthy Facebook post on Aug. 30, Shana Chappell ripped into Biden, writing: “I know my face is etched into your brain! I was able to look you straight in the eyes yesterday and have words with you.
“After I lay my son to rest, you will be seeing me again!
“Remember I am the one who stood 5 inches from your face and was letting you know I would never get to hug my son again, hear his laugh, and then you tried to interrupt me and give me your own sob story, and i had to tell you ‘that this isn’t about you so don’t make it about you!!!’ You then said you just wanted me to know that you know how I feel and I let you know that you don’t know how I feel and you do not have the right to tell me you know how I feel!'”
Trump reacted to the tweet as well, saying the next day in a statement that Chappell was “100 [percent] correct. If I were President, your wonderful and beautiful son Kareem would be with you now, and so would the sons and daughters of others, including all of those who died in the vicious Kabul airport attack.
“Civilians should have been brought out first, along with our $85 billion of equipment, with the Military coming out very safely after all was clear,” Trump added. “I love you, and I love Kareem.”
Chappell’s account was blocked after she posted a similar comment on Instagram. In a statement, Facebook, which owns Instagram, claimed her account had been “incorrectly deleted.” Since then, Chappell’s Facebook and Instagram profiles have remained active.
Nikoui’s family members aren’t the only ones who blame Biden. Last week, other Gold Star family members chastised the president for continually checking his watch during the solemn transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
The president allegedly stared at his watch as each casket came into view, the parents claim.
Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, and Darin Hoover, the father of Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover, both reported the president checked his watch multiple times, The Sun reported.
Hoover told Fox News: “The checking of his watch, that didn’t happen just once. That happened on every single one that came out of the airplane. It had happened on every single one of them.”
Schmitz added: “I leaned into my son’s mother’s ear and I said, ‘I swear to God if he checks his watch one more time.'”
It was the “most disrespectful” thing he had ever seen, he stated.