Biden has spoken to the families of three troops killed in Jordan drone strike and will attend dignified transfer at Dover Air Force base after asking their view of him going

President Joe Biden will attend a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force base on Friday for the three U.S. troops killed by a drone strike on a U.S. base in Jordan, the White House said Friday.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters aboard Air Force One about the president’s plans after revealing he spoke by phone by family members of all three fallen troops. 

‘He also gauged their feelings about him going to the dignified transfer and Dover on Friday. All of them supported his presence there and so President will be going to the dignified transfer,’ Kirby 

President Joe Biden will attend a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base on Friday as the bodies of three fallen U.S. troops who died in the Jordan drone attack will come home to the U.S.

That came after Kirby said Monday he didn’t have anything on Biden’s schedule to speak to, on a day the Pentagon confirmed the identities of the soldiers who fell in the drone attack, which also injured more than 30.

They were Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia. 

‘The President had an opportunity this morning to speak with the family members of the three service members who were tragically killed in this attack,’ Kirby said. ‘He was grateful for their time. He expressed to them how proud we all are of their service, how we mourn and feel the sorrow over their loss – made sure that those families knew that not only was that service and sacrifice, going to be honored and respected but that they would continue to get the support that they need as they work through what no family wants to have to go.’

Kirby repeated his statement that ‘no blue star family wants to become a Gold Star family,’ after speaking Monday about how ‘it’s hard to imagine the grief they’re feeling right now and that they will feel for the rest of their lives.’

Biden is preparing to attend the ceremony and engage in public mourning even as he said Tuesday he has decided how the U.S. will respond to the attack, which has prompted calls from some Republicans for him to strike inside Iran. 

From left to right: Spc. Kennedy Sanders, Sgt. William Jerome Rivers and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett. The three U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Georgia were killed by a drone strike on Sunday

From left to right: Spc. Kennedy Sanders, Sgt. William Jerome Rivers and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett. The three U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Georgia were killed by a drone strike on Sunday

Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia was identified as one of the soldiers killed in the weeekend drone strike

Specialist Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia was identified as one of the soldiers killed in the weeekend drone strike 

Shawn described Sanders, seen here, as being the 'life of the party' and said she had loved her time in the service

Shawn described Sanders, seen here, as being the ‘life of the party’ and said she had loved her time in the service 

Biden says he holds Iran responsible for providing the weapons to the militia behind the attack as he faces a monumental decision on how to hit back

Biden says he holds Iran responsible for providing the weapons to the militia behind the attack as he faces a monumental decision on how to hit back

Speaking at the White House, Biden was asked how he knew Iran was responsible for the fatal drone attack on U.S. troops in Jordan last week.

He responded: ‘I do hold them responsible in the sense they are supplying the weapons to the people who did it.’ 

When asked if he held Tehran directly responsible, he said: ‘We will have those discussions.’

Pressed about concerns raised by his own administration about the risks of escalation, the president replied: ‘We’ll see.’

When asked if he has made a decision how the U.S. will respond, he said: ‘Yes.’

He added: ‘I don’t think we need a wider war in the Middle East, that’s not what I’m looking for.’

Asked by DailyMail.com whether the U.S. had determined who was behind the attack, Kirby responded, ‘We’re still we’re still working our way through that.’ Pressed on how Biden could have decided on a response if that is the case, Kirby responded: ‘I don’t have anything more to add on that.’ 

Breonna Moffett’s family said the 23-year-old was was ‘nervous’ for her first foreign deployment, but said she was ‘loud, loving and always there for everybody’.

The family of Kennedy Ladon Sanders said the 24-year old was close with Moffet. 

Mother Onedia told Fox News: ‘She made a lot of friends during her time in the military, even people who she went through basic training with. 

‘Breonna Moffet was one of the ones she grew a close relationship with. Every time she called me or Facetimed me Breonna Moffet was always somewhere nearby.’

Her father Shawn told the outlet: ‘She was the life of the party. She enjoyed life. 

The Pentagon said the troops were in a ‘contained housing unit’ in the early hours Saturday night when the one-way drone struck. 

The White House on Tuesday said the government was still assessing how the drone was able to strike the base. 

The three soldiers were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, a US Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Moore, Georgia. 

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