Top Obama aides blast Trump over claim predecessors didn't call soldiers' families

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- Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) October 16, 2017that's a fucking say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA - he's a deranged animal.

The comments on Obama came during a chaotic 45 minute press conference at which Trump was accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom he has criticized repeatedly and whom his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has vowed to take down in favour of Republicans he sees as friendlier to Trump's agenda. "We want to clear things up on one issue right at the outset".

President Obama not only responded to the families of fallen soldiers, he was widely known for writing deeply personal hand-written letters to grieving spouses, parents, and children.

'I'm going to be calling them. "But I like, I like the combination of - I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter". "Sometimes they call, sometimes they send a letter, other times they have the opportunity to meet family members in person". The President engaged in such an exchange a year ago during the 2016 campaign after Khizr Khan, the father of a soldier who was killed in action, lashed out at Mr Trump during the Democratic National Convention.

Trump was asked how he could back up his statement that President Obama didn't call, and offered further remarks on his process.

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"President Trump's claim is wrong", the ex-official said. I was told that he didn't often. "I do a combination of both". "President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to Section 60 at Arlington, visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star Families at the White House and across the country". "I don't know. That's what I was told".

Fun! Also, bonus points to the Washington Post's Philip Bump for noticing the secondary incoherence of Trump's varying statetements about his letters to the bereaved families, which he varyingly claims "were sent", "are going out over the weekend", and "will be going out either today or tomorrow". This time, though, he was challenged to defend his claim by NBC reporter Peter Alexander.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has rejected criticism of France's air response to the attack near the border of Niger and Mali.

The attackers had rocket propelled grenades and machine guns, while the United States troops were armed only with rifles and were in unarmored trucks according to officials.

The Pentagon has released the names of those killed in the deadly ambush. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson.