Trump: Ask Gen. Kelly if Obama Called Him After Son Died in Afghanistan
In a radio interview today, Brian Kilmeade asked President Trump about his comment on whether previous presidents called the families of dead U.S. service members.
The president said he was speaking for himself during Monday's spirited press conference when he claimed that previous presidents did not call the families of soldiers who died.
"I really speak for myself. I'm not speaking for other people," Trump said on "The Brian Kilmeade Show."
"I don't know what Bush did. I don't know what Obama did ... but I believe his policy was somewhat different than my policy."
The president's controversial comments yesterday ruffled some feathers, including former Bush and Obama officials who said both presidents had indeed called Gold Star families.
"You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?" Trump said. "You could ask other people. I don't know what Obama's policy was. I write letters and I also call."
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's son Robert, 27, died in Afghanistan in 2010 when he stepped on a landmine.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) October 17, 2017
"To the best of my knowledge I think I've called every family of somebody who's died," Trump stated. "It's the hardest call to make. ... The hardest thing for me to do is to do that."
The president explained those calls can be delicate or difficult to make, but he has tried to call all families of soldiers who have been killed in the past nine months.