Biden Calls Trump Comments On US Troop Injuries in Ain Al-Assad ’Disgusting’
By Staff, Agencies
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden slammed US President Donald Trump on Friday for his comments about the injuries suffered by US troops in Iraq resulting from the Iranian missile strike on US occupation base of Ain Al-Assad earlier this month, saying Trump “brushed off” possible cases of traumatic brain injuries [TBIs].
Biden, speaking Friday at a campaign event in New Hampshire, took aim at Trump. He then emphasized that there are “300,000 estimated people coming home from these wars suffering from post-traumatic stress as a consequence of being exposed to the traumatic brain injuries. And the idea that [it] is taken so lightly, I find it quite frankly disgusting.”
The Pentagon had said that at least 11 US service members were transported to hospitals in Kuwait and Germany earlier this month after an Iranian missile operation at an air base in northern Iraq. The assault was in response to the US assassination ordered by Trump against IRGC’s Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization [Hashd Shaabi] second-in-command Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Some of those who were injured suffered possible cases of traumatic brain injuries.
The Pentagon now says 34 troops have been diagnosed with concussions from the attack that took place more than two weeks ago, and half of those American troops have returned to duty in Iraq, according to a war department spokesman; eight were sent to the US for further treatment.
Asked on Wednesday about the injuries, Trump said at a news conference before departing Davos, Switzerland, that "I heard they had headaches and a couple of other things,” adding: “I can report, it's not very serious."
When a reporter asked if he considered potential traumatic brain injury serious, Trump responded: "I don't consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I've seen."