Sen. McCain: Trump Admin Quiet About Niger Soldier Deaths

President Trump with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell in the Rose Garden
President Trump with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell in the Rose Garden

18 October, 2017

"Stop the damn lying - you're the president", former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted alongside a photo of himself and Obama with a trio of soldiers.

One alumna of the Obama White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco, called the claim "a fucking lie".

Trump unleashed a firestorm Monday when he was asked if he called the families of the four USA special forces soldiers killed in Niger earlier in the month.

It's not surprising that Trump has once again chosen to tell a blatant lie about his predecessor, but it's disgusting that this president has largely been silent about the four fallen USA soldiers in Niger - and when he did decide to talk about them, as he did today, he chose to make it all about himself by telling a blatant lie.

Another former Obama administration official also said Trump's claim is wrong. "I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it".

First Lieutenant Robert Kelly died in action while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan in 2010. The President admitted he had not contacted the fallen Green Berets' families.

"I don't know if he did", the president said.

Trump, a Republican who as president serves as commander-in-chief of the USA military, then appeared to criticize his predecessors handling of the issue of American soldiers' deaths.

Trump made the claim during an impromptu press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

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"Now, as far as other representatives, I don't know", he continued.

While he did not explain why he had not called their families, Trump said he had written letters to the family members over the weekend, which he said would be mailed later in the day or on Tuesday.

"I think that the inattention to this issue is not acceptable", Reed told CNN.

A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, Brian Gabriel, said Mr Trump had told "a totally irresponsible and disgusting lie".

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.

"I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families - because I have done that, traditionally", he added. "Also", Rhodes added, "Obama never attacked a Gold Star family". I am not speaking for other people.

Still, in early 2011, the family of one fallen soldier, Sgt. Sean Collins, told Fox News they had requested a call from Obama and were told his schedule was too packed for a conversation. "All I can do - all I can do is ask my generals", he said. Trump's comments were misleading and inaccurate, and when he was pressed about them later in the news conference, he tried to backtrack.

Gen Kelly has yet to comment on the president's latest remarks.

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