ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 19, 2017
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(White House: Cecilia Vega) The reaction of White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly to the criticism of President Trump by the mother of a fallen soldier, La David Johnson, & Representative Frederica Wilson featured. [KELLY - says there is no perfect way to make that phone call: it is not a phone call parents/family look forward to, that President Obama did not call him about his son; recounts what his friend told him about his son's death & those in Niger: that they wanted to be where they were; criticizes Wilson for listening in on the conversation.] [WILSON - says the President never said his name.] [October 16, TRUMP - says a lot of presidents did not make calls.] The direction of Kelly's anger at the media & Wilson discussed.
(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.
(Studio: Brian Ross) The announcement by the Pentagon of an investigation of the death of four soldiers in a remote village in Niger two weeks ago examined; soldiers' photos shown; details given about the questions to be asked about US forces in Niger. [Joint staff director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKENZIE- says this is a difficult place to operate; explains bringing La David Johnson's body home.] [Secretary of Defense Gen. James MATTIS - explains why we have soldiers there.] [Voice of President TRUMP - says ISIS is now giving up & walking off.] What Senator John McCain said about reports about what happened in Niger discussed.