Appearing on CNN Tuesday morning, retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling blasted president Donald Trump’s “shameful” behavior around the military and accused him of “lying” about the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers.
“On several occasions… the president lied and then he attempted to blame the generals for telling him what he lied about,” Hertling said. “And then the most important thing is he was making excuses for not having made contact after 12 days. All three of those things are not a good look for a commander in chief. You asked me to be your military analyst, this is the simplest thing I’ve analyzed yet.”
The retired General added: “A commander, which the president is, to do the kinds of things he did yesterday — I would put it in a shameful category, to be honest with you. My colleagues and peers, both retired and active, felt the same way.”
During the segment, CNN’s Chris Cuomo called President Donald Trump’s recent attack on former President Barack Obama nothing more than “the fog of distraction,” and demanded to know what happened to the soldiers that died two weeks ago in Niger.
According to Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, almost nothing is known of Staff Sgt, Dustin Wright, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Brian Black and Sgt La David Johnson. The former of whom was left on the battlefield for days before being retrieved without explanation.
According to Starr, it’s been 13 days and, still, no one knows what happened.
Starr went on to say that an investigation must now begin to understand why these soldiers walked into an ambush from 50 ISIS fighters. She wondered if the intelligence was bad and why these soldiers had nothing more than their rifles to protect themselves.
Trump came under fire yesterday when he admitted on Monday that he still has not bothered to reach out, even privately, to the families of the fallen soldiers because he hasn’t had the time.
Watch the entire conversation in the video below: