Did President Donald Trump intentionally hide brain injuries US soldiers sustained in a recent military attack, or did he address the nation before he had all the necessary information? Sharp and Shapiro cover another example of the President, his staff, and people just not on the same page. We remember the attack on General Soleimani, the Iran attack on US sites, and the first thing the president said out of the pentagon was not only that nobody was killed, but nobody was hurt. That was from the president. That was changed later when the public heard that there were some troops that had concussions. It went from no injury to concussions. The president went on to say:

 

“No, I don’t consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I’ve seen. I’ve seen what Iran has done with their roadside bombs to our troops. I’ve seen people with no legs or no arms. I’ve seen people who are horribly, horribly injured in that area, that war. In fact, many of those bombs were put there by Soleimani, who’s no longer with us. I consider them to be really bad injuries, no I do not consider them to be bad injuries.”

 

Some people have a problem with that comment because there are now many troops who were put in harm’s way who now have TBI, traumatic brain injury. Host Brian Shapiro shares his story, the car accident when he was twelve-years-old that resulted in both of his parents having TBI. He says, “They have never been the same people.” TBI is something that you struggle with your whole life; it never goes away. You are a different person. You can’t do regular, normal, everyday things in your life that you could have done before with this injury. 

 

The Pentagon has confirmed that at least thirty-eight soldiers have brain injuries. It isn’t a clear assumption that the President lied, or misled the media, but it is clear that his words were untrue. What’s more disappointing is his lack of consideration for real, detrimental issues that occur under his authority. Host JD Sharp asks, to be sure, that the soldiers who suffered TBI did not actually suffer a concussion of injury one would see in an NFL game, and that these are truly traumatic injuries. There is no evidence to support that the injuries are of that nature and, in fact, the injuries themselves were covered up or withheld until recently. So it is more likely that they fall under TBI. 

 

Having a TBI injury is an extremely serious injury. To compare and contrast against losing legs and arms is inappropriate. They’re all serious injuries. There are at least thirty-eight soldiers that have brain injuries, some of which like these. That is a serious injury. It is never appropriate for the President of the United States to downplay a serious injury. Traumatic brain injury is a serious injury that these soldiers will have to face; it is an obstacle they will have to face, for the rest of their lives. 

 

This is another example, at the very minimum, that the President gave out information that he did not have. And even without the information, he still decided to downplay the injuries that these soldiers suffered. Never, in any circumstance, should the president downplay an injury like this. This has been covered up. Somebody knew that soldiers were sitting in hospitals severely injured. Somebody either had horrible, poor communication with the white house, or the president just decided not to talk about it. The point is the White house not on the same page. We are talking about our heroes, men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line for this country. And now thirty-eight soldiers lives will never be the same again. 

Rachael Edlow

Privacy Preference Center

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