President Donald Trump addressed the killing of four US Green Berets in Niger for the first time on Monday, saying that he has written and will call the soldiers' families. The President was speaking about tax reforms when he went off on a tangent about his devotion for personally calling the families of soldiers who were killed in action.
Mastromonaco, a former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the Obama administration, added: "to say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA - he's a deranged animal". "Sometimes they call, sometimes they send a letter, other times they have the opportunity to meet family members in person". The president said that President Obama never made calls to the families of fallen soldiers.
"President Obama I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't", Trump said.
Four US Army soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an ambush by a group believed to be affiliated with ISIS on October 4, near the Niger-Mali border. Eight Nigerien soldiers and two U.S. troops were also wounded.
"I've written personal letters".
By the end of August, Trump had also taken three times more leisure time than Obama had, according to The Washington Post, and he had also played golf seven more times than Obama, according to PolitiFact.
Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell at Monday's Rose Garden press conference.
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The reporter who challenged Trump, Peter Alexander, spoke to a former Obama White House official who dismissed the claim out of hand. "That's what I was told".
"I was told that (Obama) didn't often, and a lot of presidents don't, they write letters", Trump said. Sometimes, it's a very hard thing to do, but I do a combination of both.
Several former aides of Obama called Trump a "liar" as soon as he made the comment. All I can do is ask my generals.
'Other presidents did not call, they'd write letters and some presidents didn't do anything.
Trump's gambit with his initial assertion is made pretty clear with his description of a call and a letter as being "a very hard thing to do" during his second response. When it's noted that this isn't actually unusual, he then suggests that what was unusual and abnormally hard was the combination of a call and a letter.
"Every time, as a husband and father, that I sign a condolence letter".
He didn't indicate when he'd be making the calls.