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Donald Trump provokes anger with claim predecessors shunned military families

Donald Trump provokes anger with claim predecessors shunned military families”

Obama hosted a breakfast for "Gold Star" families - those who had lost a family member who was in uniform - on May 30, 2011, according to the White House public schedule for that day.

During a press conference on Monday, President Trump accused President Obama of failing to call the families of some soldiers who had died in the line of duty.

Mr Trump said in a news conference 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.

"For the most part, to the best of my knowledge, I think I've called every family of somebody that's died, and it's the hardest call to make, and I said it very loud and clear yesterday".

Another former Obama administration official also said Trump's claim is wrong.

As Trump's claims made headlines, former Obama aides were quick to dispel the "outrageous and disrespectful lie".

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

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

Here is one of those occasions, shared by AM Joy contributor Scott Dworkin, when the former president flew to DE at midnight in 2009 to meet with family members and pay his respects to 18 soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

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Furious over the remarks, many have been unloading on Trump.

When pressed by a reporter, Trump backed away from his initial claim that Obama did not place calls. "Now, as far as other representatives, I don't know".

Trump said Monday that he had drafted personal letters to the family over the weekend that had either "been sent or they're going out tonight".

A spokesman for Obama declined to comment.

Former White House defense secretary and chief of staff Leon Panetta said that Obama made calls to families in 2011 after 30 soldiers died in a helicopter explosion in Afghanistan - Obama and Panetta flew to the DE air force base to meet with families as the soldiers' remains were delivered home, the Post reports.

"I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families - because I have done that, traditionally", he added. "I write letters and I also call", he contended, adding that he has called "virtually everybody" during his time in office. I don't know what Obama did.

Trump's assertion belied a long record of meetings Obama held with the families of killed service people, as well as calls and letters, dating to the earliest days of his presidency. He said he was also told by staff of other occasions when Obama contacted families.



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