Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action

Wednesday, 18 Oct, 2017

"You can ask General Kelly".

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

Now, President Donald Trump is calling into question whether former President Barack Obama ever called Kelly after that happened - dragging Kelly into a spat Trump started between the two presidents over whether Obama called the families of fallen soldiers.

Almost two weeks after four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger, a reporter asked Trump yesterday why he's been silent on the deadliest attack on us forces since he took office.

Conway said, "Well, I just don't see that in the president's agenda or in his philosophy".

Trump offered no evidence to back up his claim on Monday, which was immediately pointed out to be false.

Trump has so many flaws, and there are so many reasons he's ill-suited to the presidency and ill-equipped for its responsibilities, but sometimes, I simply wish he weren't such a small man in a big office.

Here is one of those occasions, shared by AM Joy contributor Scott Dworkin, when the former president flew to DE at midnight in 2009 to meet with family members and pay his respects to 18 soldiers killed in Afghanistan. "And some presidents didn't do anything", he said.

Trump's remarks Monday marked the first time he's commented at all - in person or on Twitter - about the Green Berets and United States support personnel who were slain around the October 4 raid.

Former White House officials under Obama fiercely denied Trump's statement, with Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, calling Trump's claim "an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards".

"I don't know if he did".

Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the ex-president, said Mr Bush wrote to "all the families of the fallen" while in office and called or met "hundreds if not thousands" of relatives.

"I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter", he said.

"Her son was on life support, and from what I gathered and could tell, that his prognosis - that it was unlikely he would survive".

A spokesperson for former President George W. Bush said he had called, written and visited the families of fallen soldiers.

"I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families - because I have done that, traditionally", he added. Trump said in a radio interview with Fox News' Brian Kilmeade.

He added, "I'm not speaking for other people. All I can do is ask my generals". Kelly also has not responded to a direct request from comment from CNN.

A White House official later told NBC News that Obama did not call Kelly when his son was killed in 2010 - but it wasn't clear if the president had written to him or called or written the younger Kelly's widow.