The businessman-turned-politician was branded a ‘fat, f***ing liar’ by the sister of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq after he made the comments when asked about four US soldiers who died in Niger last week.
“The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens — soldiers are killed,” Trump told reporters.
“It’s a very difficult thing. Now it gets to a point where you make four or five of them in one day, it’s a very, very tough day. For me that’s by far the toughest.”
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“President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, 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.”
The lie immediately provoked outrage online.
Delilia O’Malley tweeted to Trump: “‘When my brother was killed, Pres Bush listened while I screamed at him & then held me as I sobbed, you fat f***ing liar.”
Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former aide to Obama, said: “That’s 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.”
Pressed by @PeterAlexander about Trump's claim that Obama didn't call families of fallen soldiers:
Trump: "I don't know if he did…"
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 16, 2017
NEW: Former Obama WH official tells me "President Trump's claim is wrong." pic.twitter.com/R5VfhZddjb
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 16, 2017
Launching an extraordinary attack, Gregg Popovich, the head coach of San Antonio Spurs, said Trump’s comments were “beyond the pale”
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others.
“This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner — and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers — is as low as it gets.
“We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day.”
Stop the damn lying – you’re the President. I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA. pic.twitter.com/HhE4KbTBkJ
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 17, 2017
I remember pool duty visiting wounded soldiers at Walter@Reid w/George W. Bush. I remember @BarackObama receiving the bodies from Benghazi
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) October 17, 2017
Users on Twitter have also been sharing an article by Dana Perino, who was the White House press secretary for Bush between 2007 and 2009, in which she describes the former president meeting the war wounded.
The piece recalls Bush standing and taking the wrath of a soldier’s mom.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton said she fears that no one will be able to stop Donald Trump from launching a nuclear attack amid escalating tensions with North Korea.
The Democrat, who lost to the Republican in a shock defeat in the US election last year, said there should be stricter processes in place given there was “such potential for miscalculation.”
JUST IN: Aide to President Clinton also says Trump is wrong. "He [Clinton] did call the families of fallen soldiers while in office."
— Justin Fishel (@JustinFishelABC) October 16, 2017
Hey trump, look here, even Reagan greeted our 241 fallen marines from Beirut, you POS can't even say the names of 4 soldiers. RESIGN NOW. pic.twitter.com/HzzBM2gk8T
— Working Trucker (@workingtrucker) October 16, 2017
It comes a week after the former First Lady described Trump as the “most dangerous president in U.S. history“. She added that the “whole world should be concerned” by him.
Speaking at the London Literature Festival at the SouthBank Centre, Clinton referenced an advert she ran during the presidential campaign in which an army veteran warned against giving Trump access to nuclear codes.
“A lot of people thought I was probably exaggerating it,” Clinton said. “But now we are worried and Congress is worried about whether they can take that power away from Trump so that in a moment of pique he doesn’t pick up that phone and call whoever is sitting in the control centre today.”