President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that former President Barack Obama and other past chairmen did not call the families of soldiers after they died in fighting, which has been denied by former aides of chairwomen.
When questioned during a White House press conference about American soldiers killed in Niger, Trump said they made “the eventual sacrifice” and rambled a bit about when exactly he reached out to their families before reaching the unsubstantiated asserts against Obama and other chairpeople.
“I’ve written them personal notes; they’ve been moved or they’re leave tonight, but there were during the course of its weekend, ” Trump said. “I will at some part during the period of time call the parents and their own families because I have done that, traditionally, ” Trump said. “I experienced exceedingly, very badly about that. I ever feel badly. It’s the toughest. The toughest sees I have to make are the summons where this happens-soldiers are killed. It’s a so difficult thing. It gets to a degree where, you know, you prepare four or five of them in one day, it’s a very, very tough date for me. By far, that’s the most severe. So, the traditional behavior, if you look at President Obama and other chairwomen, the majority of countries didn’t stimulate entitles. A pile of them didn’t oblige asks. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I belief I’m able to do it.”
Four American soldiers were killed on Oct. 4 in Niger during an ambush concerning nearly 50 soldiers affiliated with the so-called Islamic State, in agreement with the Pentagon. The radicals left several others injured. Those killed during the incident include Army Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson. The incident remains under investigation.
Trump on soldiers killed during Niger: “President Obama and other chairwomen, most of them didn’t oblige labels … I call when it’s appropriate.” pic.twitter.com/ sgj5iEuDhz
— Axios (@ axios) October 16, 2017
Pressed on the question of phone calls to the families of fallen soldiers, Trump immediately backtracked on his claim.
“I don’t know if he did. I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t-they write letters, ” Trump said. “I do a combination of both. ... It’s a very difficult event to do, but I do a combination of both. President Obama, I anticipate, possibly did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know, that’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals. Other chairwomen did not announce, they’d write words. Some chairmen didn’t do anything. But I like the combination of-when I can-the combination of a call and too a letter.”
Several former aides to President Obama promptly pushed back against Trump’s assertion.
Ben Rhodes, a former foreign policy an adviser to Obama, called Trump’s remarks an “outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards.”
Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama advisor, called Trump an “ignoramus who is a pathological liar.”
Meanwhile, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Obama’s deputy chief of staff for procedures, said Trump’s mentions were a “fucking lie” and called Trump a “deranged animal.”
that's a fucking lie. to say president obama( or past chairwomen) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA- he's a deranged animal.
-- Alyssa Mastromonaco (@ AlyssaMastro4 4) October 16, 2017