22 October, 2017
His chatter was simply reprehensible, and typical of Trump, who seemed to double down on his mistake later by questioning whether Obama had ever called Gen. John Kelly, his chief of staff, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
On Tuesday night, the White House announced that Trump had phoned the families of the four soldiers killed in Mali.
The New York Times also noted that Obama had a long record of meeting with families of killed service members, and regularly traveled to Dover Air Force Base in DE to greet the caskets of fallen troops. Chereisa Booker, of Schertz, Texas, said Trump had taken office by the time a condolence letter was processed and she and her husband received the letter.
Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar's body had returned to the United States from Afghanistan days earlier in a flag-draped casket.
That helps explain why administration officials later used careful and ambiguous language when reporters asked for confirmation that Trump had indeed called "virtually everybody" as he claimed. Wilson says she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone.
Why the wait? Sanders said there is a process undertaken by the Pentagon and the White House to ascertain details about the slain soldiers.
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U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat from Florida who was in the auto with the Johnson family when Trump called the late soldier's pregnant widow, set off a media frenzy this week when the congresswoman said she overheard the comment the president made to Myeshia Johnson. Shortly before the White House started scrambling to get the info, Trump told Fox News Radio's Brian Kilmeade "I have called, I believe, everybody, but certainly I'll use the word virtually everybody, where, during the last nine months, something has happened to a soldier, I've called virtually everybody".
As Noah puts it, these bereaved Americans may initially appreciate the solace of a phone call from the White House. "A lot of them didn't make calls".
After Army Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter died in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan in August, his family was told to expect a call from Trump. Kimball lives in Fort Benning, Georgia, and her son grew up in Cleveland, Texas. "He's an unbelievable hero and you know all the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was", Trump said. Maybe he should say he only wanted to console family but must work at doing a better job? He left a "really nice" phone message with his cellphone number in case she needed anything, she said.
Tom Stiglich has a cartoon that you can see this morning on Lucianne of a family looking at clouds: I see a horse.
"Because it was noncombat, I feel like maybe he thought it was an accident, it doesn't matter", Sheila Murphy said of Trump.
They paid "the ultimate sacrifice like my husband did", she said.