Former US President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Former President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd shortly after the Buffalo mass shooting on Saturday night.
He used the shooting to boast about the lack of US deaths in Afghanistan during his presidency.
The boast is misleading. There were several US military deaths throughout Trump’s time in office.

Former President Donald Trump used the racially-motivated Buffalo mass shooting to make a misleading boast about the lack of deaths in Afghanistan during his presidency, a video shows.

Speaking in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, the former president took to the stage shortly after an 18-year-old opened fire on customers and employees, killing 10 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

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“I think they had a tragic event in Buffalo, just as I’m coming on the stage, tragic event in Buffalo with numerous people being killed,” Trump said, per the video.

“In 18 months in Afghanistan, we lost nobody,” the former president continued in an apparent non-sequitur. He went on to talk about negotiating with Abdul Ghani Baradar — the co-founder of the Taliban.

Trump’s claim that nobody died in Afghanistan during 18 months of his presidency is misleading.

It’s not clear which 18-month period Trump was referring to. Insider reached out to Trump’s post-presidency office for clarification but received no response.

He may have been referring to claims popularized on social media, described by USA TODAY, in which Trump supporters said there were no US military deaths between February 2020 and August 2021. According to a USA TODAY fact check, these claims are misleading.

There were four US deaths recorded in Afghanistan during that period, according to the Pentagon’s casualty tracking system, per USA Today, though not in combat …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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