18 October, 2017
Trump himself failed to support his own assertion later in the press conference, when he was asked how he could claim to know whether Obama did or did not call grieving military families.
"Did he get a call from Obama?"
Trying to save face as reporters questioned him on why he had not publicly commented on the deadly ambush of four USA soldiers in Niger earlier this month, President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Monday that former President Barack Obama didn't call the families of fallen service members.
The comment came in response to a question from a reporter who asked why the president hadn't spoken publicly regarding the deadly October 4 attack in Niger that left four Green Berets dead following an ambush. "A lot of them didn't make calls", Mr Trump had said. 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.
After making the claim, Trump was blasted on Twitter and accused by some former Obama officials as saying an outright lie and slandering the former president.
Not only did Obama call to pay his respects to the fallen when he was president, but he did it in person on numberous occasions.
Sharon Belkofer, a Gold Star mother whose son died in 2010 in Afghanistan, told the Democratic National Convention in 2016 that she met Obama at Ft. "Individuals claiming former Presidents, such as their bosses, called each family of the fallen, are mistaken". So, generally I would say I would like to call.
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Former White House officials under Obama fiercely denied Trump's statement, with Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, calling Trump's claim "an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards".
"Now, as far as other representatives, I don't know", he continued. "I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter".
A spokesman for Obama declined to comment.
"Unfortunately, President Trump seems incapable of actually doing that", Earnest said.
Kelly and his wife, Karen Hernest Kelly, attended a 2011 Memorial Day breakfast for Gold Star families, those men and women whose children were killed in action, according to an aide, speaking on background.
"I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families - because I have done that, traditionally", he added. I don't know what Obama did. "All I can do - all I can do is ask my generals", he said. Kelly also has not responded to a direct request from comment from CNN. "I can tell you my policy is I've called every one of them".
Mr Souza was inspired to act after Mr Trump had suggested that he was rare among presidents in that he either wrote or spoke with relatives of service members killed in action.