Donald Trump Praises Charlie Daniels as ‘True American Patriot’ in Condolence Letter to His Family
Donald Trump offered his condolences to the grieving family of Charlie Daniels in a letter sent after the country music legend's death. The president's note praises Daniels as "a true American patriot."
Daniels' wife, Hazel, and his son, Charlie Daniels Jr., shared the letter from Trump, which is typed out on formal White House stationery and bears his inimitable signature at the bottom, on Sunday (July 19). Addressed to Mrs. Hazel Daniels, the letter states as follows:
I was saddened to learn of the loss of your beloved husband, Charlie, and send my deepest condolences.
Charlie will forever be remembered as a true American patriot, and his contributions to country music will be celebrated for generations. He inspired many Americans with his unyielding support of our brave men and women in uniform. Your husband reminded us that we must honor those who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms. Our great Nation depends on artists like Charlie who promote love of country. He will be greatly missed.
During this difficult time, the First Lady and I send our prayers to you, your family, and all who loved Charlie. May his music continue to reverberate in the hearts of countless Americans.
"Mr. President, we are honored that you would think of us in our time of grieving," Hazel and Daniels Jr. write to accompany a photo of the letter. "Thank you so much, @realdonaldtrump."
Daniels died on July 6 at the age of 83, after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Trump also remembered Daniels on social media on July 7, tweeting, "We will miss GREAT Country Rocker, Charlie Daniels, who passed away yesterday in Hermitage, Tennessee. My condolences to his wife Hazel, and their family. Charlie is in my thoughts and prayers. I love his music!"
Daniels' best-known hits included "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Simple Man," "Long Haired Country Boy," "Uneasy Rider," "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" and many more. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and the Musicians Hall of Fame.
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The country music and Southern rock icon was laid to rest on July 10 in a funeral that streamed online. Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Gretchen Wilson and Trace Adkins performed musical tributes in his honor.
Daniels was an avid supporter of the U.S. military, and his family requested that in lieu of flowers, fans make a donation to the Journey Home Project, which Daniels and his manager, David Corlew, founded in 2014 to help address a number of different needs for U.S. veterans. Visit the organization's website for more information.
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