NSC wrote statement honoring slain troops in Niger, but dumbass never read it
President Trump has been having a tough time figuring out how to express this thing called sympathy toward the family members of four U.S. soldiers who died fighting in Niger on October 4 without forgetting the soldiers’ names and offending their widows. So it’s unfortunate to learn, per Politico, that the National Security Council wrote a presidential statement honoring those troops that dumbass just never read.
Here’s what it said, for your reference, Mr. President:
Melania and I are heartbroken at the news that three U.S. service members were killed in Niger on October 4 while providing guidance and assistance to Nigerian security force counter-terror operations. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these brave American soldiers and patriots. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
We are also praying for the two U.S. service members who were injured in the incident. We wish them a complete and swift recovery.
The heroic Americans who lost their lives yesterday did so defending our freedom and fighting violent extremism in Niger. Our administration and our entire nation are deeply grateful for their sacrifice, for their service, and for their patriotism.
After dodging questions Monday on why it took 12 days for him to acknowledge the incident, Trump worked up the energy to make some calls. During one of these conversations, the president told Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, that her husband “knew what he signed up for,” and repeatedly referred to the late sergeant as “your guy” without ever mentioning his name.
On Wednesday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the grieving woman’s version of the story — as corroborated by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was with Johnson during the call — was “totally fabricated.” White House propagandist Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized the media for taking Trump’s inability to express human emotion “very far out of context.”
[Politico | photo: Getty]