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Trump Says Obama Never Called the Families of Dead Soldiers

18 October 2017

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.

But ABC News in the USA reports General Kelly and his wife attended a breakfast for Gold Star families at the White House in 2011 and sat at first lady Michelle Obama's table.

Trying to save face as reporters questioned him on why he had not publicly commented on the deadly ambush of four US soldiers in Niger earlier this month, President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Monday that former President Barack Obama didn't call the families of fallen service members.

Trump was asked about his own failure to publicly address the deaths of four Green Berets, who were killed in Niger on October 4.

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

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had to endure every parent's worst nightmare when his son, 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan in 2010 and died. The President admitted he had not contacted the fallen Green Berets' families.

Instead she said he was governing as a "center-right president".

Donny Deutsch was also on the panel, and he was furious with Trump for deflecting blame away from how long it took the president to publicly acknowledge the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger.

Trump was called out on the claim a few minutes later by NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander, and he backtracked on the comments.

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"I don't know. That's what I was told".

"And a lot of presidents don't, they write letters.I do a combination of both".

A spokesman for Obama declined to comment.

Twitter was also full of reaction from former Bush and Obama White House staffers, including photographs and emotional stories of meetings with soldiers' families at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and of the former commanders in chief being present for the arrival of the remains of soldiers at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. "I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it".

Eric Holder, President Obama's former attorney-general, called on Mr Trump to tell the truth.

Mr Souza was inspired to act after Mr Trump had suggested that he was rare among presidents in that he either wrote or spoke with relatives of service members killed in action. I don't know what Obama did. I am not speaking for other people. "I was told he didn't often, and a lot of presidents don't. All I can do is ask my generals".

In May 2011, the Obama White House did host a breakfast for Gold Star families, families who lost a loved one serving in the military.

Earnest, now an MSNBC commentator, told the network that past Republican and Democratic presidents had recognized their duty to honor soldiers' sacrifices and not highlight their own actions.

Trump Says Obama Never Called the Families of Dead Soldiers