Chuck Schumer has sunk to a new low.
He went on national TV and exploited a soldier’s death to make an attack on Trump.
But the insane lie he told just blew up in his face.
Schumer – like other Democrats – was quick to try and twist the death of four U.S. soldiers in Niger to their political advantage.
He appeared on Meet the Press and claimed he had no idea U.S. troops were even in Niger.
Real Clear Politics reports:
“CHUCK TODD: You heard Senator Graham there. He didn’t know we had a thousand troops in Niger. Did you?
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER:
Uh No, I did not. And what it means, uh Chuck, for the war authorization, is I agreed with Senator Paul that we ought to look at this carefully. We are in a brave new world, you know, there are no set battle plans. You don’t declare war and then fight three weeks later. But having said that, the constitution says Congress has the power to declare war, and if you’re in a long-term war, Congress ought to keep that ability. So we need to reexamine this. We’re on an A.U.M.F. that extends uh 16 years, from right after we were attacked at the World Trade Center. So I would be for reexamining it. Absolutely. There’s no easy answer, but we should look at it. The answer we have now is not adequate.”
Schumer gave the impression that Trump was conducting some kind of secret war without Congress’s approval.
But there are two problems with that.
First, U.S. troops were sent to Niger under Barack Obama in 2013.
Secondly, Trump informed Congress in a June 6th letter that there were 645 troops stationed in Niger.
How can senators say they didn't know we had military operations in Niger? This is from a June 6 letter from POTUS Trump to Congress: pic.twitter.com/8ohk6IdIZZ
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 23, 2017
Finally, the official twitter account of US AFRICOM tweeted repeatedly over the years about the good works being done by U.S. soldiers in Niger.
LEARNING TOGETHER: @USArmy Soldiers were in Niger to observe and mentor the training cadre of the Nigerien basic combat training school. pic.twitter.com/rORXRbPDlv
— US AFRICOM (@USAfricaCommand) December 15, 2016
Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer shakes hands with participants of #Flintlock2014 at the closing ceremony in Niamey, Niger. pic.twitter.com/XspF4wM36C
— US AFRICOM (@USAfricaCommand) March 12, 2014
For Schumer to claim he had no idea U.S. troops were in Niger makes him a liar.
Given the amount of publically available information, that dog just doesn’t hunt.