On Monday, President Trump claimed, incorrectly, that his predecessors did not call the families of fallen U.S. troops. “The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens, soldiers are killed,” Trump said, answering a question about four U.S. Special Ops troops killed in Niger two weeks ago. “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.” Later, Trump conceded that he did not know if Obama had called Gold Star families and said he had not yet called the families of the Niger casualties.
Trump's claim that other presidents didn't call families of slain troops is an "outrageous" lie, ex-Obama aide says https://t.co/cJk2tR2y7u
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