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18 October 2017, 12:40 | Katrina Lee
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After the interview, a current White House official told NPR that Obama did not call Kelly after his son was killed in action.
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 US soldiers to pay his respects.
Mr Trump made the claim as he was asked by a reporter at the White House on Monday why he had not yet contacted the families of four U.S. soldiers who were killed in Niger on 4 October. "I remember he did on occasion make calls and met gold star families at the White House and on his base visits", said Benjamin Rhodes, a national security aide to Obama. 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.
"President Trump's claim is wrong". "Obama and other presidents" most certainly made calls.
Kelly's son Robert died when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010.
"I will gladly lend you my copy", Khan said, pulling a pocket-size copy of the Constitution from his jacket.
Mr Trump was responding to questions as to why he had remained uncharacteristically silent on the deaths of four United States soldiers in Niger 12 days ago.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar fell shortly after, but Hardik Pandya struck a 23-ball 25 before he was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis. India started well when Jasprit Bumrah got the Australian captain David Warner (2) in the second over of the match.
While he did not explain why he had not called their families, Trump said he had written letters to the family members over the weekend, which he said would be mailed later in the day or on Tuesday.
"I like to make calls when it's appropriate", he added.
Several former Obama administration officials recalled the former president's walks through Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, where the dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, his visits to the wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the time he spent with families of the fallen at the White House and around the country.
Stop the damn lying - you're the President.
"I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families - because I have done that, traditionally", he added.
"Her son was on life support, and from what I gathered and could tell, that his prognosis - that it was unlikely he would survive". "A lot of them didn't make calls". As a former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton, Panetta said: "I suspect some staff members did not get letters 1/8about Niger3/8 to the president as quickly as possible". "All I can do - all I can do is ask my generals", he said. He said he was also told by staff of other occasions when Obama contacted families. Kelly also has not responded to a direct request from comment from CNN.
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