Trump’s silence about four U.S. troops killed in action by ISIS is deafening.
It’s been nearly two weeks since four Army Special Forces troops were killed in an ambush by ISIS gunmen in Niger, and Donald Trump still has not publicly acknowledged their sacrifice, let along honor them or offer up condolences.
During that time, Trump has weighed in on more than a dozen topics via his Twitter account, picking fights with the NFL about how best to honor the military, whining about unfair media coverage, and trying to relive the 2016 election. But nothing to honor the troops.
In a speech on Friday, Trump actually bragged about how his team was defeating ISIS. That, just one week after ISIS fighters killed four Americas, making it the worse day of combat loss for the U.S. military during Trump’s time in office.
Trump even golfed this weekend, while the bodies of the U.S. fallen were being returned to the U.S.
Trump won’t dwell on the four losses, let alone acknowledge them in public. But the men who were killed were Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39; Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons,; and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25. All four were assigned to the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group.
Black, 35, served as a Special Forces medical sergeant. A native of Puyallup, Washington, he enlisted in the Army in October 2009, and will be laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 30.
Jeremiah Johnson, from Springboro, Ohio, enlisted in the Army October 2007. He was recently described as “a red, white and blue, rock solid American with a great heart.” He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Wright was buried in Georgia on Saturday, as mourners lined a local highway to pay respects, according to an AP dispatch. Wright had followed both of his parents and a brother into the Army. In fact, Wright’s family has been serving in the military for over 200 years.
“To our records, we had not lost a single member until Dustin,” said his brother, Will Wright. “That’s 205 years, that’s a good run.”
David Johnson, the youngest of the four U.S. troops killed in Niger, was “a gym and church regular who believed in hard work,” according to a local news report. “Aside from his love of cycling, his friends also remembered his love of cars and his commitment to being a reliable father and husband. He even tattooed his wife's name on his chest.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s silence remains deafening.