Trump claims Obama, other past presidents didn't call families of fallen soldiers

Trump claims Obama, other past presidents didn't call families of fallen soldiers

Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far. "They've been sent or they're going out tonight, but they were [unintelligible] during the weekend", he said. I always feel badly. "A lot of them didn't make calls". Sometimes it's a very hard thing to do, but I do a combination of both.

"I will at some point during the period of time call the parents, the families, because I have done that traditionally", Trump said, emphasizing that they were the hardest calls he has to make. "I call when it's appropriate". "They have made the ultimate sacrifice so generally I would say that I like to call".

But Trump would not let it lie, claiming again with zero evidence that other presidents did not call.

Trump defended his actions, saying he'd written the families personal letters.

Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff for Obama, used an expletive to call Trump's first statement a lie.

During a press conference at the White House on Monday, President Trump said he had not yet called the families of four United States soldiers who died in an ambush attack in Niger nearly two weeks ago because he wanted "a little time to pass". The story got a decent amount of attention in the conservative media. "Other presidents did not call". That rumor got picked up by Trump himself, who repeated it on Twitter. He saluted the return of 15 fallen troops in 2009 and returned two years later to spend more than an hour meeting with about 250 relatives of 30 soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter was shot.

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By the end of August, Trump had also taken three times more leisure time than Obama had, according to The Washington Post, and he had also played golf seven more times than Obama, according to PolitiFact.

Also in Monday's press conference, Trump blasted National Football League players like Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee to protest police killings of Black people and racial oppression. "How can you make that claim?"

'I don't know if he did.

"And a lot of presidents don't, they write letters". "I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter". Sometimes - it's a very hard thing to do, but I do a combination of both.

President Barack Obama not calling the families of soldiers was a surprise. "I don't know. That's what I was told".

In an impromptu and free-wheeling press conference on Monday, the US President was asked about the four US soldiers killed in Niger last week.

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