SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Is the death of four service members in Niger President Trump’s Benghazi? A Florida lawmaker says it is, but a member of Utah’s Congressional Delegation is blasting her for that.
Representative Chris Stewart says it’s politics at it’s worst. He says his House colleague is using a Gold Star family as a political prop.
“Nothing has made me quite as angry as this has over the last few days,” said Stewart, (R) Utah.
Stewart is talking about a public clash that erupted following the incident in Niger.
“I think what this congresswoman did, is just frankly, disgusting. The president was very clearly calling this Gold Star family to offer his condolences and sympathy,” said Stewart.
That’s not how Florida Representative Frederica Wilson sees it. She was listening in when President Trump called the widow of one of the four soldiers killed.
“I heard him say, “I’m sure he knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts.” How insensitive can you be,” said Wilson, (D) Florida.
The president denies saying that, but Wilson has fired up the feud by questioning how members of our military were put in that situation to begin with.
“How were they able to be overrun by terrorists? When they are there to train the army. They didn’t go there to fight. This is Mr. Trump’s Benghazi,” said Wilson.
Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee says there is no evidence to put this on the president.
He questions Wilson’s motive.
“I think we have to just give him credit that he was trying to console the family, and for them to be thrust into this political debate, it’s unfair to them,” said Stewart.
But, the congressman does admit something went terribly wrong.
“We need to look at this and say, what lessons can we learn? How do we preclude this from happening in the future? And once again, we’ve been looking at this in the Intel Committee for the last year, or so and realizing the intelligence we have in that part of Africa isn’t sufficient to protect our soldiers,” Stewart said.
The FBI will also join the investigation into what happened in Niger.