President Trump has long purported himself as a friend to the military. It is not unusual for him to describe himself as the “best President the military has ever had.” Of course, one can hear that from the President on virtually any issue the White House covers. However, Trump has worked very hard to be seen as the military’s candidate.
However, the President recently found himself in hot water over remarks he had about injuries of US troops in Iraq.
ABC News reports “President Donald Trump appeared to brush off the traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussion-like injuries sustained by U.S. service members after Iran’s missile strike on a military base in Iraq, saying he did not consider them to be ‘very serious injuries.’
“‘I heard that they had headaches. And a couple of other things,’ Trump said Wednesday at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland. “But I would say and I can report it is not very serious.'”
However, in a recent release, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars took the President to task about his comments on the injuries soldiers in Iraq suffered due to that Iranian missile attack.
“In light of today’s announcement from the defense department that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of Iran’s retaliatory strike and President Trump’s remarks which minimized these troops’ injuries, the Veterans of Foreign Wars cannot stand idle on this matter.”TBI is a serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly. TBI is known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches, dizziness and fatigue — all injuries that come with both short- and long-term effects.
“The VFW expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks. And, we ask that he and the White House join with us in our efforts to educate Americans of the dangers TBI has on these heroes as they protect our great nation in these trying times. Our warriors require our full support more than ever in this challenging environment.” — William “Doc” Schmitz, VFW National Commander
The President has not changed his view on the seriousness of the injuries, nor has he apologized over how he characterized the situation. . Estimates of injuries from various news sources have been as high as 50.