Pentagon chief French minister meet amid Niger ambush questions
21 Octubre, 2017, 17:17
"We in the Department of Defense like to know what we're talking about before we talk, and so we do not have all the accurate information yet", he said.
"A full investigation is underway, the sort of investigation we always conduct", he told reporters.
Some lawmakers will want to debate whether expanding the war on terrorism requires a new congressional authorization to use military force, said Graham, who added that he opposes the idea because it's the president's responsibility.
"We honor our troops, every one of them, every life is critical", he added.
A police motorcade escorted Johnson's remains Friday evening to the site of a wake that was open to the public, WSVN reported.
The ambush, which also killed four Nigerien troops, is sparking growing controversy in Washington as questions swirl about what went wrong, and after it emerged the body of one slain US soldier was not recovered for nearly two days - and only then by a privately contracted helicopter.
"All that will come out", he said.
But McCain said it's not necessary to wait for the department to finish its investigation. "One is to inform the American people, inform the Congress, inform across our government as to what really happened". Speaking to reporters after the visit, Parly stressed the importance of the Iran deal.
Staff Sergeants Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright, and Mr Johnson were patrolling with Niger troops when they were ambushed by militants thought to be affiliated with Isis.
Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White said the Defense Department had a military general brief members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees in a closed session on the Oct. 4 ambush. U.S. Africa Command released a statement Friday saying there are about 800 U.S. military personnel in Niger, "largely providing training and security assistance" to Niger's armed forces to help "target violent extremist organizations in the region".
Mattis did attempt to answer questions Thursday over why the military's own intelligence said it was unlikely the team would run into opposition forces. "It's a reality. It's part of the danger that our troops face in these counterterrorist campaigns". "It is often dangerous; we recognize that", he said.
McCain earlier in the week had said he didn't think the Trump administration had provided enough information on the incident.
"I love and respect Sen. McCain says we need to do a better job communicating with him. we're going to do it".