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5 things you need to know now

5 things you need to know now

"I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly did he get a call from Obama".

But ABC News in the U.S. reports General Kelly and his wife attended a breakfast for Gold Star families at the White House in 2011 and sat at first lady Michelle Obama's table.

In the latest installment of 'What Despicable Thing Did Donald Trump Say Today?', the president made the disgusting claim at a press conference on Monday that, unlike Barack Obama and other former presidents, Trump calls the family members of fallen USA soldiers to pay his respects.

Mr Trump said in a news conference he had written letters to the families of four soldiers killed in an October 4 ambush in Niger and planned to call them, crediting himself with taking extra steps in honouring the dead properly.

"Most of them didn't make calls", he said of his predecessors.

Conway said, "Well, I just don't see that in the president's agenda or in his philosophy".

Trump's claim is, of course, false.

Not only did Obama call to pay his respects to the fallen when he was president, but he did it in person on numberous occasions.

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, now Trump's chief of staff, lost his son in Afghanistan in November 2010. The President admitted he had not contacted the fallen Green Berets' families. So, generally I would say I would like to call.

Trump made his remark when asked about how he would respond to an ambush attack from ISIS related militants in Niger earlier this month that left four US servicemembers dead.

"I actually wrote letters individually to the soldiers we're talking about, and they're going to be going out either today or tomorrow", he said, meaning he wrote to the families of the fallen soldiers.

A spokesman for Obama declined to comment.

A Trump White House official told CBS News that Obama never called Kelly.

Obama's deputy chief of staff for operations Alyssa Mastomonaco and a foreign policy adviser responded to President Trump's claim via Twitter. "I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families, because I have done that traditionally". "I have called, I believe everybody, but I will use the word virtually everybody". I don't know what Obama did.

He added, "I'm not speaking for other people".

George W. Bush also wrote letters to families of troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which began during his tenure.

Still, in early 2011, the family of one fallen soldier, Sgt. Sean Collins, told Fox News they had requested a call from Obama and were told his schedule was too packed for a conversation.

Earnest, now an MSNBC commentator, told the network that past Republican and Democratic presidents had recognized their duty to honor soldiers' sacrifices and not highlight their own actions.