Trump Lies About Obama Again, Backtracks After Getting Fact-Checked Live on National TV
It’s official. Donald Trump can’t help himself when it comes to former president, Barack Obama. Trump always has to lie about his predecessor to make himself feel good but today, the table was turned on him, live on national TV.
Trump got fact-checked and he quickly backtracked.
While speaking on Monday about four American soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger earlier this month, Trump said he has written personal letters to the families of the fallen solders and plans to call them later this week.
Bu then, Trump added that his predecessors including Barack Obama had not written or called families of slain American soldiers during their tenures. This is obviously false since it is a long established tradition for U.S. Presidents to reach out to families of fallen soldiers.
When he was challenged to prove his assertions, Trump backtracked. He said he didn’t “know” and was only repeating what he was told.
“All I can do is ask my generals,” Trump said. “Other presidents did not call, they would write letters, and some presidents didn’t do anything.”
“I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter,” he 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 servicemembers. 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.”
During his tenure, Obama was known to write to families of fallen solders and calling them to express his condolences. According to former administration officials, this was basically the standard operating procedure during the Obama administration. The former president also made frequent trips to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit with wounded troops.
George W. Bush, who started the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was also known to write letters to the families and call them as well.
“I don’t know if he did,” Trump said of Obama. “I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters. I do, I do a combination of both.”
Trump’s comment on Monday was the first time he reacted to the deaths of American troops in Niger that occurred October 4. “It is a very difficult thing,” Trump said. “It gets to a point where you make four to five of them in one day, it is a very, very tough day.”
After Trump’s false assertions Monday, Democrats and former Obama administration officials criticized Trump for his remarks calling it highly insensitive, totally irresponsible and disgusting.
Democratic National Committee 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 servicemembers. 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.”
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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later told the media Trump wasn’t criticizing his predecessors.
“The President wasn’t criticizing predecessors, but stating a fact,” Sanders said in a statement. “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,” Sanders went on. “Individuals claiming former Presidents, such as their bosses, called each family of the fallen, are mistaken.”
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