Donald Trump wasted no time blasting Barack Obama over the Benghazi attack in 2012, but he is largely silent on the Niger ambush, even nixing a statement on the shooting that was written for him. On his watch, U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s body was left in a Niger desert for two days before it was recovered by villagers.
Questions are swirling about how he become separated from the other soldiers and whether he initially taken alive and then murdered? There are reports that there were transmissions from a device on his body. How was it that the military wasn’t able to pick up on where he was?
Donald Trump would rather have a national conversation about his lack of common decency and empathy, including disrespecting the Sgt. Johnson’s family, than to say what really happened in Niger. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the administration has not been forthcoming on information on Niger. It’s ironic that most Republicans on Capitol Hill are silent about the ambush. It’s shameful on so many levels.
Why were the soldiers in on the Niger-Mali border in the first place? Why were they under-armed in such a dangerous area and riding around in an unarmored truck? What about the intelligence information that the military leaders have on hand about the area and their mission? The Trump administration is being really sketchy and it seems that a cover-up is under way.
Trump attacked former President Barack Obama after four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. He tweeted in 2012: “How could Obama leave those American heroes out to die in Benghazi? And he continues to lie to the public!”
How could Obama leave those American heroes out to die in Benghazi? And he continues to lie to the public!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2012
Let’s put Trump’s tweet in context of the Niger ambush: “How could Trump leave those American heroes out to die in Niger? And he continues to lie to the public!”
We have questions that must be answered. The families of the fallen soldiers and the country deserve an answer. The Congress should hold parallel investigations with the Pentagon to get to the bottom of this instead of playing politics with the lives of our men and women serving this country.
The three other soldiers killed in the ambush were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.
Reaction on Twitter:
What the hell happened in Niger?
How did four US soldiers die?
What are you hiding?
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 19, 2017
— SE Cupp Unfiltered (@UnfilteredSE) October 19, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 19, 2017
We need hearings on niger to find out what happened and what trump is hiding! Did he fail to protect our troops! What happened to soldier 4
— KansasLiberal (@KansasLib) October 19, 2017