Trump claims Obama, Bush didn’t call families of fallen soldiers; backlash immediate

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President Obama shown here with military personnel and former Atty General Eric Holder saluting fallen soldiers shipped back to the states. Photo courtesy Eric Holder via twitter

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said during yesterday’s  press conference in the White House Rose Garden, referring to the time-honored practice of calling family members of fallen soldiers.

Trump’s false claim unleashed a firestorm of protest among former staffers of Obama and Bush, reporters who covered the former presidents and Americans who lived here during the past administrations and have memories of those news reports.

Trump’s comments unleashed a firestorm of protest around the nation as people from every walk of life took to the airwaves and twitter in anger to protest the president’s penchant for misstating the truth.  For some unspecified reason Trump feels it necessary to compare himself to former President Obama, and usually to claim that in some area of governing he is better at the job than his predecessor.  He isn’t.  When pushed to explain his statement he said it was “what he had been told by his generals.”

Some critics called his explanation “ludicrous.”  Some had much harsher responses.

Eric Holder, Obama’s former attorney general, tweeted:

Stop the damn lying – you’re the President. I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA.

Holder posted the photo showing him, President Obama and soldiers saluting the bodies of soldiers shipped home after being killed in action.
In stark contrast, President Trump went golfing when the dead bodies of the Niger 4 were shipped back to the states.
Even though Trump said his policy was to call “every family of somebody that’s died,” when asked if he had made contact with the families of the four soldiers killed in Niger on Oct. 4 (a 5th soldier was found dead later), he said that he had written letters which were going out later that day or the next.  They were already 11 days late.  He said he planned to call the families at some later point in time.
“I like to call when it’s appropriate,” the president said.  “[W]hen I think I’m able to do it.”