Huckabee Sanders: 'Appalling' How Dem Rep Has Politicized Soldier's Death

October 18, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday it is "appalling" for Rep. Frederica Wilson (D., Fla.) to be politicizing the death of an American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger.

CNN correspondent April Ryan recounted a conversation with Wilson from a few hours prior, during which the congresswomen claimed the ambush is "the president's Benghazi."

"She said that his transmitter was still emitting for two days, emitting a signal when he was located, and she said that makes no sense why he wasn't located. What say you about that?" Ryan asked.

Ryan also asked about a claim made by Wilson that Trump might not have remembered the fallen soldier's name..

"Also, what do you say about her comment that he did not know – and the wife, the widow – said that the president did not know his name and kept saying, 'your guy, your guy?'"

"Just because the president said 'your guy,' I don't think that means that he doesn't know his name," Sanders said.

Sanders then said the whole issue had been politicized by Wilson.

"I think it is appalling what the congresswoman has done and the way that she's politicized this issue and the way that she is trying to make this about something that it isn't," Sanders said.

Sanders said Trump "loves our country very much" and has the highest level of respect for our men and women in uniform.

"I think to try to create something from that, that the congresswoman is doing, is frankly appalling and disgusting," she said.

Sanders reiterated a point made earlier about not discussing details of the mission, and said she would discuss mission details once she has more information.