A senior GOP senator on the Armed Services Committee tells The Hill that he’s busy defending the president against “Trump haters” making comparisons between the attack in Niger and Benghazi.
“Right now I’m in the middle of trying to make people understand this whole thing in Niger … we had no idea it was going to happen,“ Sen. Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain Top GOP senators want joint review of Afghan visa process MORE (R-Okla.) said Friday.
“When you compare that with Benghazi when our Secretary of State, who was Hillary Clinton, who knew, absolutely knew … that it was gonna happen, that it was the Taliban, they were training to do it — it was all knowledge. This thing in Niger — there was no knowledge at all,” Inhofe added.
His comment comes after the Democratic congresswoman who said President Trump disrespected the widow of a fallen Green Beret, called the Niger incident where four Americans died "his Benghazi," comparing it to the 2012 attack in Libya.
“This is his Benghazi, and that is the reason why it took him so long to acknowledge it had happened,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) told American Urban Radio Networks's April Ryan in a Wednesday interview, referring to the consulate attack during the Obama administration that killed four Americans and led to the creation of a House Select Committee.
The president has received criticism for his delayed response to the death of the soldiers, who were killed in Niger earlier this month in an ambush.
Watch the video above to hear Inhofe in his own words.