Key senators say they didn’t know the US had troops in Niger – CNNPolitics

“With respect to Niger, I serve on the appropriations committee. I oversee military construction projects,” Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, told Cuomo. “We have a presence there. Not just there, but within that whole Lake Chad region, supporting local troops to support fight Boko Haram, support operations in West Africa and the operation in Mali. So we have all sorts of people in that region fighting a very dangerous foe, and ISIS in West Africa, especially.”
And Oklahoma Republican Rep. Steve Russell, a member of the government oversight and reform committee, also told CNN he knew about the troops.
“It’s not new, and lawmakers that seem to be aghast at these missions going on are simply not well-read,” Dent told CNN’s John Berman and Poppy Harlow.