During Monday’s impromptu Rose Garden press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), President Donald Trump was asked why he hadn’t spoken more about the four U.S. soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger.
Trump defended his actions, saying he’d written the families personal letters. And then he proceeded to make this claim about former President Barack Obama:
“The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. 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.”
NBC’s Peter Alexander promptly fact-checked Trump, asking him how he could make the claim that Obama never called the families of fallen soldiers. Trump revised his comments in a very Trumpian fashion:
“I don’t know if he did,” Trump said. “I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters…President Obama, I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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