Trump Says Obama Never Called the Families of Dead Soldiers

Cheryl Sanders
October 16, 2017

During a press conference at the White House on Monday, President Trump said he had not yet called the families of four USA soldiers who died in an ambush attack in Niger nearly two weeks ago because he wanted "a little time to pass".

At an unexpected press event in the Rose Garden, Trump was asked why he hadn't commented yet on the ambush - where four elite special forces died in an ambush by an Isis-affiliated group.

"President Obama and other presidents, majority didn't make calls", Trump added. I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it, they have made the ultimate sacrifice, so generally I would like to say that I like to call - I'm going to be calling them - I want a little time to pass, I'm going to be calling them.

"Sometimes it's a very hard thing to do, but I do a combination of both", Trump said, referring to calling and sending letters to the families.

He added that he does a combination of phone calls and letter writing.

For his part, Trump tweeted his support for the Gateway Pundit's debunkd conspiracy theory.

But Trump would not let it lie, claiming again with zero evidence that other presidents did not call. He's been in office for 38 weeks. Sometimes - it's a very hard thing to do, but I do a combination of both.

"As commander-in-chief, I have no greater responsibility than leading our men and women in uniform; I have no more solemn obligation sending them into harm's way".

"Every time, as a husband and father, that I sign a condolence letter".

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When pressed by NBC News' Peter Alexander, Trump walked his statement back. A 2009 Washington Times story explained how, at that point, Obama hand-wrote notes to family members of those killed, notes which were later typed up and signed. "I don't know. That's what I was told". "This deliberate manipulation of numbers and facts could lead to messing up the good economy the president inherited from President Obama and hurting the middle class", Schumer argued.

In an impromptu and free-wheeling press conference on Monday, the US President was asked about the four US soldiers killed in Niger last week. Sometimes it's a very hard thing to do, but I do a combination of both.

After his recent trip to Puerto Rico, for example, the president bragged, "I guess it's one of the few times anybody has done this". A lot of presidents don't, they write letters.

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