The answer prompted headlines overseas that Obama had “admitted” and “confirmed” the drone program, and a Pakistani official called the strikes, which Pakistan has long known about, “unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable.”
“Mr. Obama said that there are civilian casualties but it’s not a lot. By conservative estimates these drone attacks have killed hundreds of people,” Engel said in a video posted to YouTube. “That’s a lot of people by anyone’s standards, and I would hope by President Obama’s.”
Obama defended the use of drones on Monday, calling them precise, targeted strikes on terrorists who are actively plotting to carry out attacks against the United States.
Engel, who describes himself as politically independent, said in an email that he wasn’t an Obama supporter in 2008 because of his position on expanding the war in Afghanistan. Of course, he didn’t support the GOP nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDemocrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war McCain: Trump admin must fill State Dept. jobs McCain says he hasn't met with Trump since inauguration MORE, either — he voted for a third candidate.
The Brooklyn-ite, who has previously worked for Al GoreAl GoreOvernight Tech: Trump's tech budget - Cyber gets boost; cuts for NASA climate programs | FTC faces changes under Trump | Trump to meet with Bill Gates Trump's NASA budget cuts earth, climate science programs Obamas sign with agency for speaking gigs MORE’s Current TV, said he had a pre-planned trip to the Middle East this week, and now he’s going to expand his trip to look at the issue of drone strikes.