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Trump cites chief-of-staff Kelly's dead son to attack Obama

18 October, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Trump cites chief-of-staff Kelly's dead son to attack Obama

President Obama breaks record for pardons during his tenure in the White House.

President Donald Trump, in defense of his claim that President Barack Obama didn't call the loved ones of fallen soldiers, floated the idea Tuesday that reporters ask his chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, whether Obama called him after his son died in Afghanistan.

It's not surprising that Trump has once again chosen to tell a blatant lie about his predecessor, but it's disgusting that this president has largely been silent about the four fallen US soldiers in Niger - and when he did decide to talk about them, as he did today, he chose to make it all about himself by telling a blatant lie. 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.

"He's a deranged animal", Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former deputy chief of staff to President Obama, tweeted about President Trump.

He quickly walked back the claim, though, saying, "President Obama, I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't".

Kelly's son, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in 2010, while serving in Afghanistan. Soon, grieving family members of fallen soldiers condemned Trump on social media.

She said anyone claiming a former president had called every family was "mistaken".

Trump's remarks Monday marked the first time he's commented at all - in person or on Twitter - about the Green Berets and USA support personnel who were slain around the October 4 raid. "Now, as far as other representatives, I don't know".

"I actually wrote letters individually to the soldiers we're talking about, and they're going to be going out either today or tomorrow", he said, meaning he wrote to the families of the fallen soldiers.

Obama's office did not respond to a request for comment. "I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against nearly universal condemnation of President Donald Trump's smear of previous presidents not speaking with the families of fallen soldiers, saying the president was "Just stating a fact". "That's what I was told. They write letters", Trump said.

"President Trump's claim is unequivocally wrong", the official said.

"I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families - because I have done that, traditionally", he added. All you have to do is ask the military people, but I believe his policy was somewhat different than my policy. A source familiar with that breakfast confirms not only that Gen. Kelly attended, but that he and his wife were listed as being seated at a table with the first lady at that event. "I was told that he didn't often, and a lot of presidents don't".


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