Dunford Refuses to Call Niger Incident ‘Trump’s Benghazi’


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford refused to call the incident in Niger which killed four American soldiers "Trump's Benghazi" during a press briefing on Monday.

Dunford spoke to reporters at the Pentagon about the investigation into what happened to the soldiers.

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D., Fla.) first called the Niger incident "Trump's Benghazi," referring to the attack on the American diplomatic facility in Libya in 2012 which left four Americans dead.

"I personally see no utility in comparing this incident to any other incident," Dunford said. "What I would tell you is we lost four Americans in this incident, we had two others wounded. That makes it a big deal to me."

Dunford stressed the need for an investigation in order to tell the families what happened so the military can improve in the future.

"I personally am not comparing this to any other incident," Dunford said. "What's most important to me, aside from getting the facts, is identifying those things that we can do better in the future and that's my focus."

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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