search
Sections List
American Journal News

Spicer refuses to say if Trump was in Situation Room for Afghanistan strike, flees amid questions

The United States dropped a GBU-43 bomb, the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in our arsenal, on what has been described as an “ISIS tunnel complex” in Afghanistan. This was the first-ever combat use of the weapon, also known as the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB), and yet the White House has been suspiciously tight-lipped about this major […]

By Tommy Christopher - April 13, 2017
Share
,Sean Spicer

The United States dropped a GBU-43 bomb, the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in our arsenal, on what has been described as an “ISIS tunnel complex” in Afghanistan. This was the first-ever combat use of the weapon, also known as the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB), and yet the White House has been suspiciously tight-lipped about this major military event.

At a White House Daily Briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred all questions to the Department of Defense, which is normal for operational matters, but he was unwilling to answer questions about Donald Trump’s direct involvement in the strike — specifically, whether the president was in the Situation Room for the strike, or even whether he authorized it:

VEGA: Can you give us any background on MOAB in Afghanistan? Was there a Situation Room scenario? Was this several days in the making?

SPICER: In the first question, again, I think General Nicholson, of the United States Air Forces in Afghanistan, is best to address the tick tock on the situation over there.

VEGA: But as far as the president’s consultation?

SPICER: I understand. I think that the U.S. Forces Afghanistan as well as the Department of Defense are best to walk through the military operations that are ongoing.

As ABC News’ Cecilia Vega pointed out, the White House has demonstrated no qualms about going into details of Trump’s involvement when it suits them. In fact, the administration was so eager to boast about sending Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to Iraq that it violated protocol — and endangered military lives — by confirming the trip before Kushner and the general accompanying him had arrived.

But during the briefing on the strike in Afghanistan, Spicer shut down any and all questions about Trump’s whereabouts during this strike.

Spicer then ended the briefing after only about 16 minutes of questions, saying, “We literally have 10 minutes before the president’s gonna speak,” as bewildered reporters shouted questions about the MOAB strike that Spicer should have been able to answer.

In fact, though, Trump did not begin his photo-op with I-85 first responders until 40 minutes later, and at the conclusion of that event, the White House abruptly cut the feed before reporters’ questions could be heard:

When a reporter asked him whether he authorized the bombing in Afghanistan, he would only say, “Everybody knows exactly what happened. What I do is authorize the military.”

The reasons for the vagueness about the strike remain to be seen, but Trump’s first major military operation turned into an embarrassment when it was revealed that he was absent from the Situation Room, and spent that weekend composing petty tweets as an American serviceman died in that raid in Yemen.

In any case, the White House’s refusal to even say whether Trump authorized the strike is, like so much about this administration, highly abnormal and concerning.


AJ News
Get the latest news here first.

Tai News

Newsletter
Read More
AJ News
Latest
Republican David McCormick invests millions in website that platforms Holocaust denial

Republican David McCormick invests millions in website that platforms Holocaust denial

By Jesse Valentine - February 09, 2024
Lawmakers will again take up bills expanding, tightening gun laws

Lawmakers will again take up bills expanding, tightening gun laws

By Annmarie Timmins, New Hampshire Bulletin - January 31, 2024
UAW delivers rousing presidential endorsement for Biden over ‘scab’ Trump

UAW delivers rousing presidential endorsement for Biden over ‘scab’ Trump

By Ashley Murray, States Newsroom - January 24, 2024
Republicans Sam Brown and Jeff Gunter sling mud in Nevada senate primary

Republicans Sam Brown and Jeff Gunter sling mud in Nevada senate primary

By Jesse Valentine - January 17, 2024
A Young Texas Woman Almost Died Due To The Texas Abortion Bans – Now She’s Battling To Save Other Women

A Young Texas Woman Almost Died Due To The Texas Abortion Bans – Now She’s Battling To Save Other Women

By Bonnie Fuller - January 10, 2024
Health care legislation preview: Maryland advocates want to focus on access, patients in 2024 session

Health care legislation preview: Maryland advocates want to focus on access, patients in 2024 session

By Danielle J. Brown, Maryland Matters - January 08, 2024
How GOP senate hopefuls try to excuse the  January 6 insurrection

How GOP senate hopefuls try to excuse the  January 6 insurrection

By Jesse Valentine - January 05, 2024
NH lawmakers will be taking up major voting bills this year. Here are some to watch for.

NH lawmakers will be taking up major voting bills this year. Here are some to watch for.

By Ethan DeWitt, New Hampshire Bulletin - January 04, 2024
Republican US Senate candidates want to make Trump’s tax cuts permanent 

Republican US Senate candidates want to make Trump’s tax cuts permanent 

By Jesse Valentine - December 22, 2023
Rand Paul went all in on the Kentucky governor’s race. It didn’t work.

Rand Paul went all in on the Kentucky governor’s race. It didn’t work.

By - December 15, 2023
Texas governor and attorney general do little to curb state’s chemical plant crisis

Texas governor and attorney general do little to curb state’s chemical plant crisis

By Jesse Valentine - December 08, 2023
Likely GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde proposed tax hike for poorer workers and retirees

Likely GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde proposed tax hike for poorer workers and retirees

By Jesse Valentine - December 07, 2023
Whitmer signs specific criminal penalties for assaulting health care workers into law

Whitmer signs specific criminal penalties for assaulting health care workers into law

By Anna Liz Nichols, Michigan Advance - December 06, 2023
105 Republicans voted to expel Santos for things Trump has also done

105 Republicans voted to expel Santos for things Trump has also done

By Jesse Valentine - December 05, 2023
For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another Trump term is another chance to kill Obamacare

For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another Trump term is another chance to kill Obamacare

By Jesse Valentine - December 04, 2023
Florida Sen. Rick Scott backs Donald Trump in revived push to repeal Obamacare

Florida Sen. Rick Scott backs Donald Trump in revived push to repeal Obamacare

By Jesse Valentine - November 30, 2023
Tate Reeves took donations from power company that hiked customer rates

Tate Reeves took donations from power company that hiked customer rates

By Jesse Valentine - November 06, 2023
Daniel Cameron ran on depoliticizing the Kentucky AG’s office. He made it more political.

Daniel Cameron ran on depoliticizing the Kentucky AG’s office. He made it more political.

By Jesse Valentine - November 03, 2023
Republican operatives sound every alarm on current trajectory of 2023 governor’s race

Republican operatives sound every alarm on current trajectory of 2023 governor’s race

By Adam Ganucheau, Mississippi Today - October 24, 2023
Republican Bernie Moreno opposes existence of minimum wage

Republican Bernie Moreno opposes existence of minimum wage

By Jesse Valentine - February 23, 2024
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott floats building a wall on the Oklahoma border

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott floats building a wall on the Oklahoma border

By Jesse Valentine - February 22, 2024
More than 48,600 18-year-olds are registered to vote in Ohio, a 35% increase from late August

More than 48,600 18-year-olds are registered to vote in Ohio, a 35% increase from late August

By Megan Henry, Ohio Capital Journal - February 22, 2024
Not if, but when: Parents of slain Parkland students urge Utah lawmakers to pass school safety bill

Not if, but when: Parents of slain Parkland students urge Utah lawmakers to pass school safety bill

By Kyle Dunphey, Utah News Dispatch - February 21, 2024
Key takeaways from Monday’s U.S. Senate Ohio Republican primary debate

Key takeaways from Monday’s U.S. Senate Ohio Republican primary debate

By Nick Evans, Ohio Capital Journal - February 20, 2024
Human, financial costs of gun violence are growing dramatically, health care group says

Human, financial costs of gun violence are growing dramatically, health care group says

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal - February 20, 2024