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    President Barack Obama has told lawmakers vs President Barack Obama told lawmakers

    US President Barack Obama has told lawmakers that no changes are currently needed to his Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy, as US forces escalate operations against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
    More:AFP: No 'adjustments' needed on war fronts: Obama
    Does the use of
    present perfect in the sentence above indicate that the action told of President Barack Obama has repeated until now?
    Can I use the past simple here?
    US President Barack Obama told lawmakers that no changes are currently needed to his Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy, as US forces escalate operations against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.


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    Re: President Barack Obama has told lawmakers vs President Barack Obama told lawmaker

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    US President Barack Obama has told lawmakers that no changes are currently needed to his Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy, as US forces escalate operations against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
    More:AFP: No 'adjustments' needed on war fronts: Obama
    Does the use of
    present perfect in the sentence above indicate that the action told of President Barack Obama has repeated until now?
    Can I use the past simple here?
    US President Barack Obama told lawmakers that no changes are currently needed to his Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy, as US forces escalate operations against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

    Yes, you could, and many AmE speakers would. The use of the present perfect here simply indicates that the statement was relatively recent.

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