Schumer: I Didn't Know U.S. Has Troops In Niger; Time To "Reexamine" Post-9/11 AUMF


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responds to the admission from GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham that he "had no idea the U.S. had deployed more than 1,000 troops to the African country of Niger, as a result of the post-9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against "radical Islamic terrorism." Schumer says that he also did not know the military was active in that part of the world until four special forces soldiers died there this month.

CHUCK TODD: You heard Senator Graham there. He didn't know we had a thousand troops in Niger. Did you?


Uh No, I did not. And what it means, uh Chuck, for the war authorization, is I agreed with Senator Paul that we ought to look at this carefully. We are in a brave new world, you know, there are no set battle plans. You don't declare war and then fight three weeks later. But having said that, the constitution says Congress has the power to declare war, and if you're in a long-term war, Congress ought to keep that ability. So we need to reexamine this. We're on an A.U.M.F. that extends uh 16 years, from right after we were attacked at the World Trade Center. So I would be for reexamining it. Absolutely. There's no easy answer, but we should look at it. The answer we have now is not adequate.

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