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- Author: Ryan Wade Oct 18, 2017,
Oct 18, 2017, 0:39
The pushback - and the outrage - began immediately. Trump also said he was writing letters and has planned phone calls with families of four US soldiers killed in Niger on October 4.
"President Trump's claim is unequivocally wrong", the official said.
On Tuesday, he followed his initial comments with more assertions, offering a specific example.
The aide said the Kellys were seated at then-first lady Michelle Obama's table.
Mr Trump was responding to questions as to why he had remained uncharacteristically silent on the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger 12 days ago. "And what do you have to say about that?" One person wrote: "I am a Gold Star mom and a disabled vet. Trump does not speak for me and did not speak for my son". "I remember he did on occasion make calls and met gold star families at the White House and on his base visits", said Benjamin Rhodes, a national security aide to Obama. "Soldiers are killed. It's a very hard thing". His moorings are conservative, and he is governing as a center-right president who believes that we pay too much in taxes, that we're overregulated, that we have not taken terrorists seriously. "Other presidents did not call, they would write letters, and some presidents didn't do anything".
Trump's words prompted measured responses from the offices of the past two presidents.
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During a press briefing earlier on Monday, Trump claimed that Obama did not call the families of fallen soldiers as president.
"President Obama, I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't".
He added: "I never had anyone express concern about the president not contacting families".
"It's been the furthest thing from my mind and the minds of my family", said Will Wright, the brother of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, adding he bore no ill-will toward Trump. And the mother was very distraught and she's crying and the husband was trying to calm her, and the president was there and he also tried to calm her.
"But he didn't leave".
"I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA".
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"All I can do is ask my generals", Trump said.
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. He was posthumously promoted to first lieutenant.
Rachel Maddow notes that not only did Donald Trump fail to duly honor the recent deaths of U.S. Green Berets attacked in Niger, but given the chance, he told a lie about President Obama instead. "But they were written during the weekend". I don't know what (George W) Bush did. "I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly did he get a call from Obama". I am not speaking for other people.
David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama, said, "I don't recall anything moving him more". You could find out easily what President Obama did. "All I can do - all I can do is ask my generals", he said.
After the interview, a current White House official told NPR that Obama did not call Kelly after his son was killed in action. Kelly also has not responded to a direct request from comment from CNN.
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