Senator Tom Cotton defended President Trump’s claims that the soldiers involved in the Iran attack had “headaches” and that their injuries weren’t serious by saying that the president was “describing what happened there.”
According to the Pentagon, 34 soldiers in the Iran attack are being treated after being diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and concussion symptoms from the Iran missile strike.
Although Trump initially stated that there were no injuries, the U.S. military said the symptoms were not immediate, and some did not appear for a few days.
On Wednesday, Jan. 22, once the report of troops being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury symptoms was released, Trump described the injuries as “headaches” that were “not very serious.”
On CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Senator Cotton defended the president by stating that the president did not dismiss the injuries, but that he was explaining them.
Sen. Cotton went on to say, “if all these injuries are not serious, if they’re all on the less serious side of the scale than the severe traumatic side of the scale, the president is just describing what happened there. He was not dismissing them.”
According to Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman, of the 34 service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, 17 were evacuated from Iraq to U.S. medical facilities in Germany, where nine remain and eight others have been transported to the United States for further treatment.
Cotton also said he would not vote to see witnesses in the impeachment trial. “We don’t need to prolong what’s already taken five months,” Cotton said.