President Trump Downplays Severity of Troops' Head Injuries After Iranian Attack

Cheryl Sanders
January 23, 2020

President Donald Trump appeared to brush off the traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussion-like injuries sustained by US service members after Iran's missile strike on a military base in Iraq, saying he did not consider them to be "very serious injuries".

"Initially you said repeatedly to Americans, after Iran retaliated for the Soleimani strike, 'No Americans were injured.' We now know that at least 11 USA servicemen were airlifted from Iraq".

The Revolutionary Guards aerospace commander said four U.S. military bases in the region were used to deploy aircraft and drones that played a role in the Jan 3 attack that killed Soleimani, including two bases in Iraq and another in Kuwait. The president suggested the media was sensationalizing reports of their injuries to drum up bad press on the White House.

"No, I don't consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I've seen", the Republican president said.

"I have seen what Iran has done with roadside bombs to their troops". I have seen people with no legs and with no arms.

Meanwhile, the United States has resumed operations to counter IS in Iraq after a USA drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani an. No American deaths or injuries in the attack was cited by Trump as a primary reason not to escalate hostilities with Iran by retaliating with another USA military strike. I've seen people that were horribly, horribly injured in that area, that war. "I think the Iranian regime understands now that they can not attack America and get away with it".

Asked whether he considered traumatic brain injury to be serious, Trump said: "They told me about it numerous days later".

According to the VA, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) "reported more than 408,000 TBIs among us service members worldwide between 2000 and early 2019".

Head injuries are the most common injury among post-9/11 veterans with more than 408,000 traumatic brain injuries reported worldwide between 2000 and early 2019, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Still, Iranian officials have continued to threaten further attacks to avenge Soleimani's death.

U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said in a statement Tuesday evening that given the nature of the reported injuries, "it is possible additional injuries may be identified in the future".

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