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

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anhnha

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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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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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