Key senators were unaware that US troops were in Niger

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, concludes his briefing about the Niger operation, at the Pentagon, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President’s Donald Trump’s flub in consoling the widow of sergeant LaDavid Johnson, Myeshia Johnson, has uncovered a more extensive issue — key senators were unaware that the sergeant and the three other U.S. servicemen killed during the ISIS raid in Niger were even there.

According to CNN, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had no idea that the U.S. military had a presence in Niger, despite the Pentagon reporting it keeps Congress regularly informed on their actions. CNN reports several Congress members have come forward to say they were in fact aware of the counterterrorism operations being conducted by 1,000 troops throughout Niger and Cameroon.

Listen to the full segment below to hear host Pat Thurston’s take on the topic. Skip directly to the 9:45 mark to hear what the widow of sergeant LaDavid Johnson had to say about the insensitive and hurtful message President Donald Trump had for her following her husband’s death.


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