In an attempt to defend his lack of open public statements about four soldiers wiped out in Niger, President Trump inaccurately claimed that previous presidents failed to call the families of dead troops â? name-checking former President Barack Obama specifically as one of those who failed to.
âIâve written them personal letters,â Trump said at a push conference. âTheyâve been sent or theyâre going out tonight, but they were written during the weekend. I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families, âcause I have done that traditionally.â
âThe traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didnât make calls, a lot of them didnât make calls,â he added.
Four United States Army Special Forces troops were killed and two a lot more were injured in an ambush simply by Islamic extremists earlier this 30 days. Trumpâs comments notwithstanding, Obama do call the families of fallen troops.
Trump was later pressed around the false claim, but he dropped to retract it.
âI donât know if he did,â Trump said of Obama in particular. âNo, no no. I was told that he didnât often and a lot of presidents donât, they write letters.â
âI do a combination of both,â he continued, referencing both composing letters and calling. âSometimes itâs a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. President Obama, I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didnât, I donât know, thatâs what I was told.â
âAll I can do, all I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call, theyâd write letters. And some presidents didnât do anything. But I like the combination, I like â when I can â the combination of a call and also a letter.â
A previous Obama White House official turned down Trumpâs claim in a statement, stating, âPresident Trumpâs claim is wrong. President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to Section 60 at Arlington, visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star Families at the White House and across the country.â
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was asked on Oct. six why Trump had yet to create any statements about the U. T. troops slain in Niger.
âI made a statement on behalf of the administration yesterday in the opening,â she said, according to a White-colored House transcript. âObviously, anytime one of the members of our great military are injured, wounded, or killed in action, that is certainly something that we take very seriously. Our thoughts and prayers are with those individuals.â
On Monday, previous Obama aides Alyssa Mastromonaco plus Dan Pfeiffer responded on to Trumpâs claim, calling him a âderanged animalâ and âa deeply disturbed ignoramus who is a pathological liar,â respectively. Another previous Obama staffer, Ben Rhodes, furthermore condemned the âoutrageous and disrespectful lie.â
that’s the fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn’t contact the family members of soldiers OF â? he’s a deranged pet.
â? Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017
Trump is a deeply disturbed ignoramus who might be a pathological liar, but Mitch McConnell is cool with it because tax cuts or something https://t.co/8GwjnD3t9b
â? Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) Oct 16, 2017