US Special Troops Battalion (Reuters / Peter Andrews)
The Hill: White House walks back assertion military won't target US citizens overseas
The White House on Tuesday walked back its assertion that the military will never target U.S. citizens in overseas operations.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters earlier in the day that “no American citizen will ever be targeted” when asked whether the Trump administration would deliberately go after U.S.-born people with ties to extremists.
The statement represented a break with policy set under the Obama administration.
But a White House official later clarified that “U.S. policy regarding the possible targeting of American citizens has not changed.”
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WNU Editor: President Obama did specifically order the killing of U.S.-born alleged al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen .... so the precedent is there. But as to changing the rules of engagement in general .... I am sure there is a revision being done right now, and there will be some changes.