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Retired general calls out Trump’s ‘shameful’ command of military: ‘The president lied’ about Niger ambush

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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 U.S. soldiers who 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. Wright’s body 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.

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“I promise you, it will work,” Cuomo continued in a second segment. “Everybody will talk today about what he said about Obama and who was more sensitive but it’s all a distraction.”

Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Mark Hertling’s commentary was outright brutal, calling Trump’s behavior around the soldiers “shameful.”

“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. 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.”

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.

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‘It’s terrifying’: Vandals burn Virginia Beach military family’s car after long string of incidents

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On Tuesday, WAVY CBS 17 News reported that a military family in Virginia Beach, Virginia had their car set on fire, in the latest and most severe incident in a long string of vandalism targeting their property.

“It’s terrifying, hearing my kids scream this morning,” said Mendy Hanner. “I don’t see any reason to put anyone through this."

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Two Florida parents are fighting this week to regain custody of their 4-year-old son who was taken away from them after they tried to treat his leukemia with a combination of tea and a "positive state of mind."

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President Donald Trump hyped his claims about selling out a New Hampshire rally in a new attack on the news media.

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