Gold Star families call Trump a «fat expletive liar» over claims about past presidents
Gold Star families are lashing out at President Donald Trump after his latest comments, claiming his predecessors didn’t call the families of soldiers killed in action.
«When my brother was killed, Pres [George W.] Bush listened while I screamed at him then held me as I sobbed, you fat f ing liar,» Delilia O’Malley, who lost her sibling in the Iraq War, wrote on Twitter Monday.
«I’m a Gold Star mom and a disabled vet. Trump does not speak for me and did not speak for my son. He is an embarrassment,» Penny Douphinett tweeted, sharing a photo of her son’s grave.
«I am a gold star Mom and, I’ve never in my life felt so much hatred as I do towards this troll in the Oval Office,» Kaykay Walker added.
«I am a Gold Star wife. tRump is a disgrace, a liar, a petulant child. Grateful my condolence letter came from Pres Obama,» another Twitter user wrote. special forces soldiers killed in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger and planned to call them. presidents.
«If you look at President Obama and other presidents most of them didn’t» make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls,» he told media. «I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it. They have made the ultimate sacrifice, so generally I would say that I like to call.»
Trump, who previously criticized a Gold Star family during his 2016 presidential campaign, quickly tried to backpedal when challenged on his comments abut Obama.
«I don’t know if he did. I was told that he didn’t often. A lot of presidents don’t, they write letters. I do a combination of both. Sometimes it’s a very difficult thing to do but I do a combination of both,» Trump said.
POTUS says he’s written letters to families of soldiers killed in Niger. Obama, George W. Bush and others also visited Walter Reed and other military hospitals, and witnessed the remains of fallen soldiers brought back to the Dover, Delaware, Air Force Base.
Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, refuted Trump’s claim on Twitter, calling it a «f ing lie.»
«To say president obama (or past presidents) didn’t call the family members of soldiers KIA he’s a deranged animal,» she tweeted.
Freddy Ford, a spokesman for former President George W. Bush, added in a statement that Bush «wrote all the families of the fallen» even during the height of two wars. Ford said Bush also called or met «hundreds, if not thousands» of family members of soldiers killed in action.
Obama’s official photographer, Pete Souza, added on Twitter that he photographed Obama «meeting with hundreds of wounded soldiers, and family members of those killed in action.» Others recalled his frequent visits with Gold Star families, and travels to Walter Reed, Dover and other venues with families of the dead and with the wounded.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained Trump’s comments in a statement released late Monday:
The President and First Lady console Paul and Janet, parents of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, who had just been awarded posthumously with the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan. This was the first of 52 Medals of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor, that President Obama bestowed during his two terms. I also photographed him meeting with hundreds of wounded soldiers, and family members of those killed in action.