>> With funerals over the weekend for US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger, lawmakers demanded answers from the White House about how and why they died. On Sunday, two US Senators pushed for ,pre information from the Pentagon about the military's presence in West Africa and the ambush that killed four service men earlier this month.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC's Meet the Press, I didn't know there was 1,000 troops in Niger. This is an endless war without boundaries and no limitation on time and geography. In a separate interview, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said, we need to look at this carefully. This is a brave new world.
There are no set battle plans. Both lawmakers said Congress needs more information about what could become a long and open-ended mission. They join Republican Senator John McCain's effort to get answers from the Department of Defense about America's fight in Niger. Questions about America's military operations abroad came as President Donald Trump continued to stoke a feud over the dead troops at home.
On Sunday, he again attacked a Democratic lawmaker who had criticized a condolence call the President made to one of the fallen soldiers' wives.>> I was in the car when President Trump called.>> Representative Frederica Wilson said Trump's comments to the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson deeply upset the woman, particularly when the President told her that Johnson quote, knew what he signed up for.
>> How insensitive can you be?>> I didn't say what that congresswoman said. Didn't say it at all.>> Sergeant La David Johnson was killed near the border of Niger and Mali in what US officials suspect was an ambush carried out by an Islamic State affiliate.