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-- senate majority leader Harry Reid severely.
Angering members of the Marine Corps and others.
After he appeared to link the deaths of eight Marines during a training exercise this week.
To the sequester budget cutbacks.
For which he voted.
The majority leader now denies.
Having made that link -- here is what he said on the senate floor yesterday.
-- do whatever I can calling for the sport united states military families of the fallen minds.
-- -- -- It's very important we continue training our military.
-- -- But one of the things and sequester.
He has been cut back -- training.
Have to waste countless request was right.
Joining us now with reaction.
CEO of concerned veterans for America.
Despite the fact that immediately after he addressed what happened.
Win these yesterday we believed it was seven now we're -- of his eight Marines.
Died in Nevada in a training exercise it despite the fact that immediately after he reference that -- reference the sequester.
His office comes up he says the idea the senator Reid thinks the -- iron tragedy had anything to do with the sequester is absurd.
By his remarks your thoughts.
And unsubstantiated by his remarks they put out a statement like that precisely because that's.
Exactly what his remarks implied and they may say it will technically he was talking about future training.
Let's be clear that's -- one sentence he talked about Hawthorne and the Marines and the next sentence he talked about sequestration.
Sort of regardless of how the logic chain works he was referring using that tragedy.
To try to politically highlight the problems of sequestration.
You know those -- throughout their doing their job and when I see Harry Reid is going to endorse -- actually -- solutions that something like sequestration doesn't happen.
There is no question I tell our audience there's no question that this training exercise have been planned well in advance -- and it had nothing to do.
With the budget changes that went into effect because of the sequester nothing OK so any attempts if that was an attempt to link -- -- was misguided because there is no linkage.
Which now his office acknowledges but there is a question about whether Harry Reid despite what he says today through spokesperson was out on a limb that.
Many members of the military one.
Marine Corps officials saying to ABC news he considers this.
Nothing but pure political posturing on the backs of the dead Marines.
At at and -- -- what else to say mean and that that Marines got it.
Debt on its political posturing and political posturing is nothing new surrounding the military.
For senator Harry Reid think about the Iraq War back in 2007 who was the guy that declared.
-- asleep that the war was lost.
While our our surge troops were fighting a difficult fight and frankly turning that war around.
Does he ever think about the implications of statements like that the implications on the perception.
That there are the families of of it in today Marines who were lost.
Yesterday wondering why the senate majority leader is exploiting that for political gain as a legitimate questions and again.
We know the Marines -- -- this for a long time.
And Harry Reid understands that it's the optics it's the perception is the political manipulation of words.
That are used to exploit tragedies and this is the first place we've seen that was sequestration.
Well and in the president's political agenda arm or -- organizing HBO organizing for America's campaign now it's organizing for action and there that they're the folks that are.
It's all of his former campaign officials -- -- bind together trying to get his agenda pushed.
Yesterday at our 10:40 in the morning they sent out a tweet under the name app Barack Obama okay so they run his Twitter feed.
Showing the First Lady in the president in the Oval Office it was a picture from a month earlier.
It wasn't a real time but they send it out three hours after the news hit the wires of this of the dead Marines.
Talking about snack time.
And there's a question about tone deafness -- I mean this isn't the first time that we've seen even the president even the president personally you know after.
After the Ben Ghazi debacle in which four people were killed he headed to Vegas and said we -- -- -- tough day.
You yourself criticized Michelle Obama for standing in the Oscars in front of a bunch of Marines who seem to be used as proxy you know you see a pattern here.
There is a pattern or at Fort Hood.
Where where -- -- someone clearly motivated.
By sort of radical Islamic police.
Gunned down members of the military and they wanna call it workplace violence what it whatever it is there is a is a detachment from the reality.
Of of that's some of the threats that we face in this world and the ramifications of that and in this case it's three hours afterwards in a photo from a month later I think it's a big deal to -- But but again it's indicative of a pattern.
That there are larger issues at play there are others political maneuvering and posturing to be had let's not bother with.
That the difficulties and that the dirty work that is you know building and the finest military in the world and then putting it in the field.
To execute properly and you see it in Afghanistan there's a war going on right now we get tens of thousands of troops in when's the last time we heard an utterance about that -- you you really don't.
Last question Allen west former congressman from Florida came on our area last night that he believes that Harry Reid needs to personally apologize for this.
And he thinks that's he was misinterpreted he should say that on camera as you say to the Marines -- -- the service personnel your thoughts.
-- I couldn't I concur with the good colonel I mean again he should he knows better he understands optics and the perception.
So whether he meant it or not the perception is there he should stand up and say this has nothing to do it with the argun about sequestration this is a a training tragic training accident we are those that we lost and that separated from the political discussion he.
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