#EndorseThis: Why Is Trump Always Feuding With Gold Star Families?

Duckworth Trump using Gold Star families as pawns

Trump: Well, you just take care of yourself and come around and see me when you're in Washington and say hello to your children and tell them their father was a great hero that I respected and just - I learned a lot before I made the call.

His chatter was simply reprehensible, and typical of Trump, who seemed to double down on his mistake later by questioning whether Obama had ever called Gen. John Kelly, his chief of staff, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Donald Trump made the false claim that Barack Obama never called the families of fallen soldiers to offer his condolences, and the White House is now doubling down behind that claim. It was President Trump.

A former Bush aide said the former president, whose father, President George H.W. Bush, was a World War II pilot, met with "hundreds, if not thousands" of family members of those killed in war. "It was a moment of niceness that we needed because we were going through hell".

Earlier this week, US Rep. Frederica Wilson accused Trump of being insensitive to the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger.

De Alencar's husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, had been killed during a firefight with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan on April 8, the Washington Post reported Thursday night.

That helps explain why administration officials later used careful and ambiguous language when reporters asked for confirmation that Trump had indeed called "virtually everybody" as he claimed.

"I'll never forget those super-white, clean gloves, or the expressionless look on their faces", she previously told The Washington Post.

Why the wait? Sanders said there is a process undertaken by the Pentagon and the White House to ascertain details about the slain soldiers.

"I have called, I believe, everybody - but certainly I'll use the word virtually everybody", he said.

Trump opened by saying he was sorry about the "whole situation" and called Mark De Alencar "an unbelievable hero". That included Chris Baldridge, whose son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, died in Afghanistan in June.

As Noah puts it, these bereaved Americans may initially appreciate the solace of a phone call from the White House.

Aaron Butler, a 27-year-old guardsman from Monticello, Utah, was killed August 16 at a booby-trapped building in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. "Partisans on both sides have made this into yet another Trump controversy and that really is depressing", said Kurtz. "I felt a tad bit better".

Subsequent reporting suggests that Kelly told Trump this story, but didn't expect him to reveal it to the press and the public. "But, I'm going to guess that it was the same or similar to the letter that everybody else received". She lives in Okaloosa County, Florida. Before it ended, Trump gave her a message for her children.


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