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At Tuesday’s White House press conference with Dana Perino, long-time Washington reporter Helen Thomas, now a columnist with Hearst Newspapers, had a few

Jul 31, 2020
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At Tuesday’s White House press conference with Dana Perino, long-time Washington reporter Helen Thomas, now a columnist with Hearst Newspapers, had a few pointed questions about the mission at hand in Iraq. From the official transcript:
THOMAS: Yesterday, according to The New York Times, we dropped a bomb on a home in Sadr City and burned alive a pregnant woman and her children. How long is the siege of Sadr — how long are we going to keep bombing Iraqis?
PERINO: Well, I’m not aware of that particular report. I have not — I’ve not seen it.
THOMAS: Well, it was pretty buried in the story.
PERINO: Okay. Well, the operation against the militias in Sadr City will continue until they root them out. And that is expressly in order to protect people like you just mentioned.
THOMAS: Root who out, Iraqis, in their own country?
PERINO: It is Prime Minister Maliki’s government which is going after the militia, which is appropriate.
THOMAS: Why are we bombing these people?
PERINO: Any time anyone that is an innocent civilian is hurt in a conflict, we obviously regret it, and we go out of our way to make sure it doesn’t happen.
THOMAS: Thank you.
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