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Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didnít Contact Families of Fallen Troops
New York Times ^ | October 16th 2017 | Mark Landler

Posted on 10/16/2017 6:15:09 PM PDT by Ennis85

WASHINGTON — President Trump falsely asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty, drawing a swift, angry rebuke from several of Mr. Obama’s former aides.

Mr. Trump was responding to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago when he made the assertion. Rather than answering the question, Mr. Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week. Then he pivoted to his predecessors.

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference in the Rose Garden with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”

Mr. Trump’s assertion belied a long record of meetings Mr. Obama held with the families of killed service people, as well as calls and letters, dating to the earliest days of his presidency. Before he decided to deploy 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, Mr. Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to greet the caskets of troops.

While Mr. Obama’s former staff members have grown used to Mr. Trump’s gibes about the “failure” of the Affordable Care Act or the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal, they lashed out at his remarks on Monday with unusual bitterness.

“This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser to Mr. Obama, posted on Twitter. “Also,” Mr. Rhodes added, “Obama never attacked a Gold Star family.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benjaminrhodes; benrhodes; defendthis; fallen; obama; trump; veterans
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1 posted on 10/16/2017 6:15:09 PM PDT by Ennis85
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To: Ennis85
Two words.

Bill Ayers.

That told me everything I needed to know about his character 10 years ago.

You can't pick your parents, their beliefs or the place you were born.

You can pick your friends and associates..

You are known by the company you keep.

2 posted on 10/16/2017 6:17:45 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: Ennis85

Oh Yeah NYT? So?


3 posted on 10/16/2017 6:18:06 PM PDT by bitt (The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literal)
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To: Ennis85

First of all, POTUS said that is what he was told. Then he said that Obama may have met with some families, may have called some and may have written. So after he made the comment, he corrected himself.


4 posted on 10/16/2017 6:18:09 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Ennis85

What we do know is Obama lied to the families of the dead Benghazi victims about the fictitious “video”.


5 posted on 10/16/2017 6:19:22 PM PDT by Chauncey Gardiner
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To: Ennis85

What he was saying was that he both wrote a letter and called them where as other would typically do one or the other or neither. This story is silly; he wasn’t trying to suggest others didn’t care, he was showing how much he cares


6 posted on 10/16/2017 6:20:43 PM PDT by wiseprince
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To: Ennis85

Anything the Slimes asserts regarding DJT is 95% likely to be fake news. Plus Obama’s lackeys lie all the time.


7 posted on 10/16/2017 6:23:08 PM PDT by RooRoobird20 ("Democrats haven't been this angry since Republicans freed the slaves.")
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To: Chauncey Gardiner

We know Obama invited the deserter, Bergdahl’s family to the White House.


8 posted on 10/16/2017 6:26:13 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches, and get with what's real.)
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To: Ennis85

Obama invited the parents of traitor and deserter Bowe Bergdhal to the White House. Did Obama ever invite the family members of the six soldiers who died looking for him?


9 posted on 10/16/2017 6:29:41 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

Zero’s counterattacking minions too stupid to realize they just got baited for a checkmate, likely a bloody one.


10 posted on 10/16/2017 6:35:07 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Ennis85
Yeah, he met the families of Glen Doherty, Ty Woods and those killed on Extortion 17 and LIED to them.

Does that count?

11 posted on 10/16/2017 6:41:45 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: Ennis85

Condolences to ISIS Islamic Star families don’t count


12 posted on 10/16/2017 6:43:51 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Ennis85

Sorry, but the NYT is no longer creditable.
Try again, MSM.


13 posted on 10/16/2017 6:44:37 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Ennis85

How evil~!

Plus he’s like hitler.

( I say that in response to every single comment people make on facebook - its amazing how torqued-off they get )


14 posted on 10/16/2017 6:46:39 PM PDT by Mr. K (***THERE IS NO CONSEQUENCE OF REPEALING OBAMACARE THAT IS WORSE THAN OBAMACARE ITSELF***)
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To: mass55th

Zero’s counterattacking minions too stupid to realize they just got baited for a checkmate, likely a bloody one.


15 posted on 10/16/2017 6:46:50 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Ennis85
Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Contact Families of Fallen Troops

Okay, okay. Fine. He should've been more specific and said Obama didn't contact families of fallen AMERICAN troops.

There. Satisfied? Sheesh.

16 posted on 10/16/2017 6:56:50 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: KC_Lion

I’d say his selection of Michelle Robinson told me all I needed to know about him....she was the one who introduced him to Wright’s “church” and he approved of both.


17 posted on 10/16/2017 7:03:39 PM PDT by ealgeone
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To: gubamyster

It was a boob move to even mention what obama did or didnt do
The question was about Trump mentioning or publicly honoring the 4 soldiers who died a useless death in a useless mission in a miserable hellhole


18 posted on 10/16/2017 7:36:12 PM PDT by silverleaf (A man who kneels for the national anthem doesn't stand for much of anything)
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To: gubamyster

He lied to the Benghazi parents TO THEIR FACES.


19 posted on 10/16/2017 7:38:12 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Screw The NFL!!!!!! My family fought for the flag!)
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