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

Oct 18, 2017, 00:39
Trump cites chief-of-staff Kelly's dead son to attack Obama

He said it was possible that Mr Obama "did sometimes" but "other presidents did not call".

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

Ex-Obama staffers leaped to defend their former boss, who did in fact call some of the families of soldiers killed in action, as did his immediate predecessors.

Trump was asked about his own failure to publicly address the deaths of four Green Berets, who were killed in Niger on October 4.

One former Obama staffer, Alyssa Mastromonaco, tweeted, "that's a f***ing lie.to say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA - he's a deranged animal".

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Pressed on that statement later, he said of Mr Obama: "I was told that he didn't often, and a lot of presidents don't".

Not only did Obama call to pay his respects to the fallen when he was president, but he did it in person on numberous occasions.

Kelly's son Robert died in combat in 2010 in Afghanistan when he stepped on a bomb. General Marty Dempsey said both Presidents Bush and Obama as well as the First Ladies "cared deeply and worked tirelessly" for soldiers.

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According to CBS News, former deputy chief of staff for operations under Obama called Trump's claim a "f-ing lie".

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"Now, as far as other representatives, I don't know", he continued. After saying he had written letters to the families and planned to call them next week, he criticized former presidents. "I like to call when it's appropriate".

The specifics regarding the Kellys aside, Trump's attack on Obama for supposedly disrespecting a Gold Star family is rich, given his own attacks on a Gold Star family during the presidential campaign. "The hardest thing for me to do is [make those calls]", Trump said.

Mr Obama's foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes called it an "outrageous" lie and reminded followers when Mr Trump mocked a Gold Star family previous year on the campaign trail - Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son Humayun was killed in 2004 in Iraq.

"Her son was on life support, and from what I gathered and could tell, that his prognosis - that it was unlikely he would survive". I am not speaking for other people. "Also", Rhodes added, "Obama never attacked a Gold Star family". "All I can do - all I can do is ask my generals", he said. "They've been sent, or they're going out tonight", the president told reporters.

Earnest, now an MSNBC commentator, told the network that past Republican and Democratic presidents had recognized their duty to honor soldiers' sacrifices and not highlight their own actions.

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