President Trump met with a killed family of Fort Hood soldiers Vanessa Guillen in an emotional meeting on Thursday and announced his support for a new congressional agreement aimed at changing the way the military handles cases of sexual abuse and harassment.
Natalie Khawam, a lawyer representing the family, joined Guillen’s mother and sisters with President Trump in the oval office on Thursday afternoon.
“Her daughter has died. Her daughter died during the service of her country in the hands of people who are in the army, “Trump told the interpreter. “He just wants your help to get you the truth and get justice.”;
Trump, who allegedly invited Guillen’s relatives to come and tell his story, asked Khawam to tell the media about the case he represented, adding that he did not want Guillen’s story to be “swept under the rug.”
Khawan described the situation around sexual harassment and association in the military as “picking up scabies” and finding him “septic.” Guillen’s family said the soldier was a victim of sexual harassment.
“It’s a systemic problem,” Khawam told Trump in the oval office. “There’s not enough protection because they’re nervous about retaliation.”
Khawam added that the military was neither transparent nor useful in obtaining answers regarding the murder of Guillen, who was killed at a base at the Fort Hood Armory.
“You have our support and we are already working on it, as you know,” Trump said, announcing his support to #IamVanessaGuillen Bill.
“We won’t stop and hope that something very positive will come out in honor of your sister and your daughter,” Trump told Guillen’s family.
A congressional bill, in memory of Guillen, would allow members of the active service to report sexual harassment or attack on a third party outside their command. The aim is to address concerns about retaliation that discourage soldiers from reporting abuse by their superiors.
“My daughter already has a history,” the soldier’s mother Gloria Guillen told the crowd in Spanish on Thursday morning at a press conference at the National Center. “If the president of the country wants to make history with my daughter, he will make sure that the devil’s base is closed and all the cursed corruption that exists in the army is eliminated.”
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“I’m a 16-year-old girl – a woman standing here talking for her sister. I want Congress to pass # IamVanessaGuillen, “said Vanessa Guillén’s younger sister, Lupe.
The military also appointed an independent panel of five experts on Thursday to examine the culture at Fort Hood at the time Guillen disappeared. Chris Swecker, a lawyer and former assistant director of the FBI’s crime investigation department, will lead the review.
“The military is committed to caring for our soldiers, civilians, families and soldiers for life, and this independent review will review the current climate and culture command in Fort Hood,” Ryan McCarthy’s military section said in a statement. USA today.
Guillen was reportedly lost from a U.S. military base in Texas in April. She was believed to have been sentenced to death and dismantled by fellow soldiers at the base. Her remains appeared in late June and the main suspect, Spc. Aaron Robinson was shot dead and killed when he was imprisoned by law enforcement in the neighboring town of Killeen. Robinson’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Cecily Ann Aguilar, admitted that she had not made a conspiracy and claimed that she had helped get rid of the body and hide the evidence.
“We will accept nothing but justice for Vanessa,” Khawam said in a statement. “When someone serves our country voluntarily, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect for other members of the service. This bill will help us to protect and respect others who have been denied Vanessa. “
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Khawam and Guillen’s family claimed that Robinson sexually harassed Guillen, describing one case while watching her shower at the base. Earlier this month, military investigators revealed that Guillen had never lodged a formal complaint, but could have been harassed in an unrelated matter under investigation.
Khawam and her clients are preparing to hold another press conference in Ellipse Park, south of the White House fence, to discuss a private meeting with the president and next steps.