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U.S. lawmakers demand answers on Niger operation

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 01:40

U.S. senators said on Sunday the White House has not been forthcoming with details about the military's presence in Niger after the deaths of four soldiers there earlier this month and they want more answers on U.S. operations in the west African country. Zach Goelman reports.

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With funerals over the weekend for U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger, lawmakers demanded answers from the White House about how and why they died. On Sunday two U.S. senators pushing for more information from the Pentagon about the military's presence in West Africa, and the ambush that killed four servicemen earlier this month. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham telling NBC's meet the press, 'I didn't know there was 1,000 troops in Niger. This is an endless war without boundaries and no limitation on time and geography.' In a separate interview, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said 'We need to look at this carefully. This is a brave new world. There are no set battle plans.' Both lawmakers said Congress needs more information about what could become a long and open-ended mission. They join Republican Senator John McCain's effort to get answers from the Department of Defense about America's fight in Niger. Questions about America's military operations abroad coming as President Donald Trump continued to stoke a feud over the dead troops at home. On Sunday he again attacked a Democratic lawmaker who criticized a condolence call he made to one of the fallen soldiers' wives. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) U.S. DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE FREDERICA WILSON, SAYING: "I was in the car when the president called." Representative Frederica Wilson said Trump's comments to the widow of La David Johnson deeply upset the woman, particularly when the president told her that Johnson, 'knew what he signed up for.' (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) U.S. DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE FREDERICA WILSON, SAYING: "How insensitive can you be?" (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Didn't say what that Congresswoman said. Didn't say it at all." Sgt. La David Johnson was a Green Beret killed near the border with Niger and Mali in what U.S. officials suspect was an ambush carried out by an Islamic State affiliate.

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U.S. lawmakers demand answers on Niger operation

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 01:40