After Iran fired several missiles at an American military base in Iraq in retaliation for our killing of General Suleimani, Trump was quick to claim that there were no injuries to our troops from the attack. Turns out that was false, that about three dozen soldiers suffered brain injuries from it. The VFW is demanding he apologize for that.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the oldest major U.S. veterans group, appears to be the first large veterans organization to publicly chastise the president for dismissing the injuries as “headaches” and “not very serious.”
Trump “minimized these troops’ injuries,” VFW National Commander-in-Chief William “Doc” Schmitz said in a statement Friday, after a Pentagon announcement that the number of injured troops had risen to 34.“The VFW expects an apology from the president to our servicemen and women for his misguided remarks,” Schmitz said, adding that the White House should join with the organization to educate Americans about a serious injury that can cause depression, memory loss and other debilitating conditions.
“I heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things. But I would say, and I can report it is not very serious. Not very serious,” Trump told reporters this week in Davos, Switzerland.
Asked whether he considered traumatic brain injury to be serious, the president said no.
“I don’t consider them very serious injuries, relative to other injuries that I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve seen what Iran has done with their roadside bombs to our troops. I’ve seen people with no legs and with no arms. I’ve seen people that were horribly, horribly injured in that area, that war,” Trump said, adding that some of those injuries were caused by weapons supplied by Iran.
It’s just so typical of Trump. He declares one thing to be true, then when it turns out to be false it’s just no big deal, so that makes the lie okay and justified. But when a Republican loses the VFW, that could be a big deal, They’re usually a reliable voting bloc forthe GOP.