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President Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed the injuries suffered by U.S. soldiers during Iran’s attack on a military base in Iraq earlier this month, suggesting he doesn’t consider traumatic brain injuries to be “very serious.”
Trump has said several times that no Americans were hurt when Iran launched a missile attack against Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 in retaliation for U.S. forces killing Iran military leader Qasem Soleimani. But the Pentagon acknowledged last week that 11 U.S. soldiers required medical attention outside of Iraq as a result. Eight suffered concussion-like symptoms and three sought behavior-health treatment.
CBS News reporter Weijia Jang asked Trump Wednesday about the injuries during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“Initially, you said repeatedly to Americans that after Iran retaliated for the Soleimani strike no Americans were injured,” Jang said. “We now know at least 11 U.S. servicemen were airlifted from Iraq. Can you explain the discrepancy?”
“No, I heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things,” Trump responded. “But I would say, and I can report, it is not very serious.”
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@realDonaldTrump The same guy who said "All's well" after Iran's attack. And the servicemembers' injuries were a co… https://t.co/HRd9s9CC6r
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#TBI #Concussion #BrainInjury #Military #Neurology #Healthcare #Pentagon may say one thing publicly but do noth… https://t.co/fgWsNqTmc6