Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump downplays brain injuries suffered by United States troops in Iran missile strike

Trump downplays brain injuries suffered by United States troops in Iran missile strike

'Let us announce to the world that we have joined the Nuclear Power Club'.

Kerman, which Hamzeh represents, is the hometown of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the top Iranian terrorist mastermind eliminated by a USA airstrike in December.

The president was also chastised by Mark Hertling, a retired Army officer who served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army.

It now appears the presidential rhetoric wasn't altogether true.

On Friday, U.S. Central Command officials said 11 U.S. troops were suffering with head injuries from Iran's missile barrage on the two Iraqi bases where American service members are deployed.

President Trump on Wednesday downplayed the injuries suffered by US soldiers following retaliatory Iranian missile strikes on a military base in Iraq earlier this month. Most of the troops who Pentagon officials said last week had been removed from Iraq were sent to Landstuhl, though three of them were sent to Kuwait. USA military officials declined to say Tuesday how many more are receiving care but said "additional" personnel had been sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

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The officials left open the possibility that the number could increase in coming days.

The PUNCH earlier reported that the United States President, Donald Trump, is set to add Nigeria and six others to a new list of countries on new America's visa restriction policy. Apparently because the president has his own definition of "harm".

"No, I heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it is not very serious", Trump said. "No, I don't consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I've seen".

"I have seen what Iran has done with roadside bombs to their troops. I've seen people with no legs and no arms". I've seen people that were horribly, horribly injured. "No, I do not consider them bad injuries".

Trump's comments drew criticism from veterans advocates who noted that since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the us military and the Department of Veterans Affairs have put in place procedures to treat and lessen the impact of traumatic brain injuries suffered from the blasts from roadside bombs and injuries considered to be the signature wounds of those conflicts.

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