President who draft-dodged five times downplays US troops’ serious brain injuries as ‘headaches’

Louis Staples
Saturday 25 January 2020 08:30

It has emerged that 34 US service members have been diagnosed with "traumatic brain injuries" from an Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month.

The strike came following Trump's decision to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and the US said at the time that no American personnel were injured. Since then, Trump has acknowledged that the Americans had been injured, but downplayed how serious they were.

The Pentagon now admits that eight of the service members suffered injuries serious enough to be flown to the US from Germany for treatment. Nine are still receiving treatment in Germany, 16 were treated in Iraq and have returned to duty and one was treated in Kuwait before being returned to Iraq.

Speaking in Davos, Trump again dismissed the injuries, saying that the whole affair was "not very serious".

I heard they had headaches.

No, I don't consider them very serious injuries, relative to other injuries that I've seen.

People weren’t happy about Trump deciding that he’s the arbitrar of what constitutes a “serious” injury. Not to mention the fact that medical issues that affect soldiers aren't always physical.

After all, this is the president who draft-dodged five times to avoid serving his country...

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