Earlier today, President Trump falsely suggested that he is one of few commanders-in-chief to pick up the phone and call the families of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and wrongly singled out former President Barack Obama as one who never did so.
“The traditional way if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“That’s a f—ing lie.” – Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former White House deputy chief of staff in response to Trump’s statement about Obama not calling families of fallen soldiers.
“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.”
Minutes later, after a reporter challenged Trump’s comments, the President said he wasn’t sure if his allegation about Obama was true.
“I don’t know if he did (call),” Trump said.
“I was told 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.”