ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 23, 2017
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(Pentagon: Mary Bruce) The background to the second mission for the US soldiers in Niger, four of whom were killed in an ambush, reviewed; details given about the reconnaissance mission to a remote village & then to capture a high-value target that exposed the unit to the enemy, who attacked on October 4 & cover by French planes. [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph DUNFORD- comments on the unit; states Sgt. La David Johnson's body was found on October 6; asserts it was local tribal fighters associated with ISIS] [On NBC, Senator Lindsey GRAHAM - says he did not know troops were in Niger.] [With Chris Plante, voice of President TRUMP - says ISIS is giving up & walking off.] That second mission after an ISIS operative & report from a survivor on La David Johnson's heroism discussed.
(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.
(White House: Jonathan Karl) What widow Myeshia Johnson is now saying about her call from President Trump examined; photos shown of the funeral for La David Johnson. [On "Good Morning America," Myeshia JOHNSON - says the president said he knew what he signed up for & could not remember her husband's name; defends Ms Wilson as correct; wants answers about her husband's death.] Trump's tweet about his conversation with the widow & that Representative Frederica Wilson fabricated her account quoted. [DUNFORD - promises to answer the questions.] What Ms Johnson said about the call discussed.