During a Monday Rose Garden press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Trump broke his silence about the four Green Berets killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger earlier this month, but it’s his words about former President Obama that’s getting him in trouble with critics.
“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) October 16, 2017
Cue the fake ‘outrage,’ because when it comes to President Trump, if it can possibly be misconstrued it will be.
The New York Daily News wrote, “President Trump on Monday falsely suggested he is one of few commanders-in-chief to call the families of fallen U.S. soldiers, and wrongly singled out his predecessor Barack Obama as a leader who never did so.”
The New York Times headline reads, “Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Contact Families of Fallen Troops.”
Former Obama officials and supporters were apoplectic:
This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards. Also: Obama never attacked a Gold Star family. https://t.co/JgzTUIzWIa
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) October 16, 2017
that's a fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA – he's a deranged animal.
— Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017
DNC spokesman Brian Gabriel said, “The commander-in-chief told a totally irresponsible and disgusting lie in the Rose Garden today, claiming past presidents did not call the families of fallen service members. 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.”
First of all, anyone who is familiar with the speaking patterns of this president knows that he uses words like “some,” “most,” and “a lot” in a hyperbolic way and none of his words directly accused Obama of absolutely doing or not doing anything specific.
But it’s also obviously clear that these people aren’t listening and they certainly aren’t giving the president the benefit of ANY doubt, because when given the chance to clarify, Trump was abundantly clear:
“No, no, I don’t know if he did,” Trump said. “I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters. I do a combination of both. Sometimes it’s a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals.”
In other words, the president was just making it clear that different presidents do different things, and we’ll also add that for the media to necessarily expect him to call every fallen soldier is a bit unrealistic given time constraints and the fact that former presidents haven’t always done it either.
In fact, Obama himself came under fire in 2012 for using a machine to auto-sign letters to fallen soldiers.
“Other presidents did not call,” Trump continued. “They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like the combination of a call, when I can, and also a letter.”
Sarah Sanders further clarified the president’s position in a statement:
“The President wasn’t criticizing predecessors, but stating a fact. When American heroes make the ultimate sacrifice, Presidents pay their respects. Sometimes they call, sometimes they send a letter, other times they have the opportunity to meet family members in person. This President, like his predecessors, has done each of these. Individuals claiming former Presidents, such as their bosses, called each family of the fallen, are mistaken.”
Exactly, thousands died under both Bush and Obama, and while their sacrifices are greatly valued, there is no way they could have called every one.
Heck, President Obama didn’t even find the time to personally sign the letters!
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