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

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

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.

(CNN) - Breaking his public silence about four American soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger, President Donald Trump said Monday he'd penned personal letters to their families and planned to phone them later this week.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Khan family called Trump's latest behavior "unbecoming".

"As far as other presidents, I don't know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? President Obama, I think probably did some times and maybe some times he didn't, I don't know, that's what I was told". Wallace said Trump's remarks amounted to "slander" against Obama (along with George W. Bush) and she wondered whether the president truly comprehends the gravity of his station. "All I can do - all I can do is ask my generals", he said.

So, did Obama place calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat?

Former White House defense secretary and chief of staff Leon Panetta said that Obama made calls to families in 2011 after 30 soldiers died in a helicopter explosion in Afghanistan - Obama and Panetta flew to the DE air force base to meet with families as the soldiers' remains were delivered home, the Post reports.

The AP added that the anonymous White House official "did not immediately respond to questions about whether the former president reached out in some other fashion". Before he made a decision to deploy 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, Obama regularly traveled to Dover Air Force Base in DE to greet the caskets of service members.

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Only a month earlier, Leon Panetta has been named Defense Secretary. "Also", Rhodes added, "Obama never attacked a Gold Star family". The President admitted he had not contacted the fallen Green Berets' families.

"He's a deranged animal", Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, tweeted about Mr Trump. "I was told that he didn't often, and a lot of presidents don't, they write letters", Trump said.

Kelly's son Robert died when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010. Drum where "I cried all over his suit".

Panetta faulted Trump for appearing to try to explain away poor staff work.

Trump said Tuesday that he "will be calling, have called, and will be calling the parents and loved ones, wives of the soldiers that recently were killed" but that he wanted to wait for the right time.

"The President wasn't criticizing predecessors, but stating a fact", Sanders said in a statement. "When American heroes make the ultimate sacrifice, presidents pay their respects".


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