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Sen. McCain: Trump Admin Quiet About Niger Soldier Deaths

Sen. McCain: Trump Admin Quiet About Niger Soldier Deaths
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 03:33 PM

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday said no one in President Donald Trump's administration has been forthcoming about the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month, The Hill reported.

"I had a better working relationship, as far as information back and forth, with Ash Carter than I do with an old friend of 20 years," McCain told The Hill, comparing former President Barack Obama's defense secretary to current DOD boss, Jim Mattis, McCain's friend.

"I think they had this idea that once Trump won that we are a unicameral government," McCain told The Hill.

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told The Hill he has been "waiting for weeks and weeks" for information related to the ambush that took the lives of four Green Berets in the African country Oct. 4.

The Defense Department has launched an investigation into the events surrounding the massacre, including the initial confusion about just how many U.S. soldiers were killed; original reportage said it was just 3.

Trump himself had been mum on the issue until Monday, when he was asked if he had been in touch with the families of the slain servicemen, leading to an answer that went sideways and subsequently incurred the wrath of many in former president Barack Obama's administration.

McCain's sentiments echo those of Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who also Tuesday said the administration has been forthcoming enough.

"I think that the inattention to this issue is not acceptable," Reed told CNN.

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President Donald Trump's administration has not been forthcoming about the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday, per The Hill.
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