Trump falsely claims Obama didn't contact families of fallen troops

"I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly did he get a call from Obama".

A White House official said Kelly never received a call from Obama, according to Politico.

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump falsely claimed Monday that President Barack Obama and other past presidents did not call the relatives of servicemembers killed in action.

Almost two weeks after four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger, a reporter asked Trump yesterday why he's been silent on the deadliest attack on USA forces since he took office. "A lot of them didn't make calls", Trump claimed on Monday.

"I don't know if he did".

Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former senior aide to Obama, tweeted that it was "a (expletive) lie" and called Trump a "deranged animal".

Trump has so many flaws, and there are so many reasons he's ill-suited to the presidency and ill-equipped for its responsibilities, but sometimes, I simply wish he weren't such a small man in a big office.

Kelly's son, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in 2010, while serving in Afghanistan.

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told The Hill he has been "waiting for weeks and weeks" for information related to the ambush that took the lives of four Green Berets in the African country October 4.

"All I can do is ask my generals", Trump said.

Mr Trump addressed the matter when asked why he had not spoken about the four soldiers killed in Niger.

The reporter who challenged Trump, Peter Alexander, spoke to a former Obama White House official who dismissed the claim out of hand.

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"I don't know if he did".

The president responded, "I've written them personal letters".

The comments prompted backlash from some Obama administration aides.

On Tuesday, George W. Bush's spokesman wrote in an email, "I don't have a statement from President Bush; I can only confirm that of course he wrote, called, and visited privately with hundreds if not thousands of families of the fallen".

Trump said he'd written the letters over the weekend, and suggested they'd be mailed early this week.

"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". "I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families, because I have done that traditionally". "That's what I was told". I am not speaking for other people.

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. He said he was also told by staff of other occasions when Obama contacted families. "I can tell you my policy is I've called every one of them".

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