Trump defends silence on soldiers wiped out in Niger [Video]

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Trump defends silence on soldiers killed in Niger [Video]

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 � name-checking former President Barack Obama specifically as one of those who failed to.

“I’ve written them personal letters,” Trump said at a push conference. “They’ve been sent or they’re 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, ‘cause I have done that traditionally.”

“The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls,” 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. Trump’s comments notwithstanding, Obama do call the families of fallen troops.

Trump was later pressed around the false claim, but he dropped to retract it.

“I don’t know if he did,” Trump said of Obama in particular. “No, no no. I was told that he didn’t often and a lot of presidents don’t, they write letters.”

“I do a combination of both,” he continued, referencing both composing letters and calling. “Sometimes it’s a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. President Obama, I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t, I don’t know, that’s what I was told.”

“All I can do, all I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call, they’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like the combination, I like — when I can — the combination of a call and also a letter.”

A previous Obama White House official turned down Trump’s claim in a statement, stating, “President Trump’s 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.”

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.

“I made a statement on behalf of the administration yesterday in the opening,” she said, according to a White-colored House transcript. “Obviously, 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.”

On Monday, previous Obama aides Alyssa Mastromonaco plus Dan Pfeiffer responded on to Trump’s claim, calling him a “deranged animal” and “a deeply disturbed ignoramus who is a pathological liar,” respectively. Another previous Obama staffer, Ben Rhodes, furthermore condemned the “outrageous and disrespectful lie.”

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