Trump claims Obama, other former presidents didn't call families of fallen soldiers

President Trump with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell in the Rose Garden

You could ask other people.

After the interview, a current White House official told NPR that Obama did not call Kelly after his son was killed in action.

Barack Obama's White House photographer has led the charge in rebutting Donald Trump's claim that his predecessors did not call or console families of soldiers killed in action.

The Republican leader said in a news conference on Monday he had written letters to the families of four soldiers killed in an October 4 ambush in Niger and planned to call them, crediting himself with taking extra steps in honouring the dead properly. "They made the ultimate sacrifice, so generally I would say that I like to call". "I don't know what Obama's policy was", the president told Brian Kilmeade on the Fox News host's radio show Tuesday.

"President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't", Trump continued.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had to endure every parent's worst nightmare when his son, 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan in 2010 and died.

President George W. Bush, even at the height of two wars, "wrote all the families of the fallen", said Freddy Ford, spokesman for the ex-president. "But when we got on Marine One to fly back to the White House, the president was looking out the window, and then he looked at me and he said, 'That mama sure was mad at me.' And then he looked out the window and he said, 'And I don't blame her a bit.' And a tear rolled down his cheek, but he didn't wipe it away, and then we flew back to the White House".

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President Trump's relations with Gold Star families have not always been smooth, dating from his belittlement of the parents of slain United States soldier Humayun Khan, who was Muslim.

"I don't know if he did".

While the Trump administration enlisted media outlets in its attempt to convince the public that Obama had disrespected Kelly following his son's death, a person familiar with the situation told reporters on Tuesday that Kelly and his wife sat at First Lady Michelle Obama's table during a White House breakfast honoring Gold Star Families in 2011. "I write letters and I also call", he contended, adding that he has called "virtually everybody" during his time in office.

"Trump's jaw-dropping, disrespectful lie is not based anywhere in reality and is another symptom of a deep-seated obsession with tearing down President Obama".

Trump said he'd written the letters over the weekend, and suggested they'd be mailed early this week. "All I can do - all I can do is ask my generals", he said. They've been sent, or they're going out tonight", he said, adding later: "I'm going to be calling them.

Gen Kelly has yet to comment on the president's latest remarks.

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