Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action

Trump Claims Obama Didn't Call Fallen Soldiers Families

In the latest installment of 'What Despicable Thing Did Donald Trump Say Today?', the president made the disgusting claim at a press conference on Monday that, unlike Barack Obama and other former presidents, Trump calls the family members of fallen USA soldiers to pay his respects.

Trump made this claim while explaining why he had not yet made a statement about the four US special-forces who had died on October 4 in Niger during a deadly ambush by dozens of Islamic extremists.

President Donald Trump doubled down on claims that former President Barack Obama failed to call and console parents of fallen soldiers on Tuesday, using the combat death of Chief of Staff John Kelly's son as an example.

"I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it".

"President Obama, I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't".

A former White House official flatly denied Trump's claim that Obama rarely called families of military lost during his administration. "A lot of them didn't make calls".

CNN asked the White House to talk to Kelly about this issue, but they declined to make him available.

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Trump responded that he has written personal letters to the soldiers' families, and said he goes a step further than past presidents to honor the troops.

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"He asked if the family would like to be contacted and if we'd be available to speak with the president", Will Wright said from Lyons, Georgia, where funeral services for his brother were held Sunday.

A former spokesman for Obama, Ned Price, said Trump's comment amounted to "inane cruelty" to Kelly.

The Washington Post, in a 2011 profile of Kelly, reported that the general asked a Marine Corps officer not to mention his son's death when he was introduced at a St. Louis event days after his son was killed. She said that presidents didn't always call families of those killed in battle: "Sometimes they call, sometimes they send a letter, other times they have the opportunity to meet family members in person". I don't know what Bush did, I don't know what Obama did. "I don't know. That's what I was told", Trump added. "Individuals claiming former Presidents, such as their bosses, called each family of the fallen, are mistaken".

"I also photographed him meeting with hundreds of wounded soldiers, and family members of those killed in action", he wrote.

Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former senior aide to Obama, tweeted that it was "a (expletive) lie" and called Trump a "deranged animal".

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