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Ret. Gen. Clark: 'We've Got to Move On' From Trump's Call to Widow

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By    |   Monday, 23 October 2017 02:31 PM

Retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark said Monday that he agrees with Sen. John McCain's comments that it's time to move past fighting over President Donald Trump's words to Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in action in Niger along with three fellow soldiers earlier this month.

"Now, the president of the United States tried to make a condolence call," said Clark, a former NATO supreme allied commander, told MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" program. "He didn't handle it very well ... it's one of the toughest things in the world to do, is to call the family after a soldier's been killed. It's very difficult to do. It didn't go well."

But, he said, "We've got to move on."

"We've got to take care of our losses," said Clark. "We've got to console the families. We've got to have sensible policy and congressional oversight of these issues and we've got to do the right thing for the country."

Earlier on Monday, McCain, on "The View" program to help celebrate his daughter's birthday, said that "We should not be fighting about a brave American who lost his life serving his country. That should not be the topic of discussion in America today."

In addition to Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia, were killed by Islamic State extremists.

"I think it's a very sad thing that La David Johnson and the other soldiers were killed in Niger," Clark said. "My heart goes out to their families, also to the commanders and the people who were working this who loved these men and were using the best tactics and doing the best they could to get the mission done over there."

Most of what's going on in Africa is not known to the American people, Clark said, and much remains classified. However, he said he does not think there is a "great mystery" about what was going on when the Green Berets were killed.

"They were up there in a meeting and they were trying to provide advice and assistance to the armed forces," said Clark. "That's the mission that our forces have in several different countries in that region. But the specifics of why were they there at that time and how did they get shot and why didn't we know it and why wasn't there support, those issues are being looked at by the chain of command through the Pentagon."

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Retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark said Monday that he agrees with Sen. John McCain's comments that it's time to move past fighting over President Donald Trump's words to Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in action in...
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