Trump falsely claims Obama didn't call the families of fallen soldiers

Oct 18, 2017, 00:42
Trump falsely claims Obama didn't call the families of fallen soldiers

Trump himself failed to support his own assertion later in the press conference, when he was asked how he could claim to know whether Obama did or did not call grieving military families.

Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former senior aide to Obama, used even stronger language on Twitter, calling Trump's statement a lie - along with an expletive - and describing him as a "deranged animal".

He also claimed, without merit, that his predecessors hadn't written or called the families of slain American troops during their tenures, though the tradition of presidents reaching out after USA servicemen are killed in action is long-established.

Trump was asked about his own failure to publicly address the deaths of four Green Berets, who were killed in Niger on October 4. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who also Tuesday said the administration has been forthcoming enough.

In an email to TPM, a former Obama White House official strongly disputed Trump's claim.

"President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't", Trump continued.

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Here is one of those occasions, shared by AM Joy contributor Scott Dworkin, when the former president flew to DE at midnight in 2009 to meet with family members and pay his respects to 18 soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

"I don't know if he did", the president said.

On Monday, Trump was asked at a Rose Garden news conference: "Why haven't we heard anything from you so far about the soldiers that were killed in Niger?"

Mr Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his comments, saying reporters should ask his chief of staff, General John Kelly, if Mr Obama called him after his son, Robert Kelly, was killed by a landmine.

Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the ex-president, said Mr Bush wrote to "all the families of the fallen" while in office and called or met "hundreds if not thousands" of relatives.

"I like to make calls when it's appropriate", he added.

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From our perusal of news reports and news databases, we could not find any contemporaneous evidence that Obama spoke about such calls or that the White House announced he had called families.

Stop the damn lying - you're the President. "Sometimes they call, sometimes they send a letter, other times they have the opportunity to meet family members in person".

"Her son was on life support, and from what I gathered and could tell, that his prognosis - that it was unlikely he would survive".

He added, "I'm not speaking for other people". "But they were written during the weekend. I can tell you, my policy is I have called every one of them".

George W. Bush also wrote letters to families of troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which began during his tenure. Kelly also has not responded to a direct request from comment from CNN.

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