During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, retired U.S. Army Lt. General Mark Hertling described President Donald Trump’s behavior around the four U.S. soldiers who were ambushed and killed in Niger two weeks ago “shameful.”
Earlier in the segment, Cuomo suggested that Trump’s false accusations against former President Barack Obama as a “fog of distraction” from the real story.
“I promise you, it will work,” Cuomo said. “Everybody will talk today about what he said about Obama and who was more sensitive but it’s all a distraction.”
Barbara Starr, a Pentagon correspondent, says it’s been 13 days since the attack that left Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Brian Black and Sgt. La David Johnson dead. Wright’s body was not retrieved and left on the battlefield for several days, and yet, no one has said what happened.
“On several occasions… the president lied and then he attempted to blame the generals for telling him what he lied about,” Hertling said. “And then the most important thing is he was making excuses for not having made contact after 12 days. All three of those things are not a good look for a commander in chief. You asked me to be your military analyst, this is the simplest thing I’ve analyzed yet. A commander, which the president is, to do the kinds of things he did yesterday — I would put it in a shameful category, to be honest with you. My colleagues and peers, both retired and active, felt the same way.”