Four Green Berets were killed in Niger two weeks ago on October 4, and Donald Trump failed to acknowledge the fallen American soldiers until asked during a news conference yesterday. Trump glossed over his omission with a lie, saying President Obama and other former presidents didn’t call the families of American soldiers killed in action.
First, Trump claimed to have written letters to the families of the fallen, but wasn’t sure if he had mailed them out yet: “I’ve written them personal letters. They’ve been sent, or they’re going out tonight. But they were written during the weekend. I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families, because I have done that traditionally.”
But then he took the falsehood a step further, claiming Obama didn’t call yet alone personally meet and comfort the grieving families: “So the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”
Trump then went on to say that he likes to call the families, but was just giving them more time before calling them. When a follow-up question asked about his claim that Obama didn’t call families, he just couldn’t resist and doubled-down on his lie.
“I don’t know if he did,” Trump said of Obama. “No, no, no. I was told that he didn’t often. And a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters. I do a combination of both. Sometimes it’s a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both.”
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