Trump Blasted For Comments About Former Presidents

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The families of fallen soldiers have blasted President Donald Trump for his false claims that former President Barack Obama and others never called families of fallen troops.

Delilia O'Malley took to Twitter on Oct. 16 to refute Trump's claim that previous presidents never called the families of fallen soldiers, the Daily Mail reported.

"When my brother was killed, Pres Bush listened while I screamed at him & then held me as I sobbed, you fat f**king liar," O'Malley tweeted at Trump. The tweet quickly went viral, receiving more than 127,000 retweets and 340,000 likes.

O'Malley was referring to a press event earlier that day in which Trump was asked by one reporter why he hadn't mentioned the deaths of four elite U.S. special forces soldiers in Niger who lost their lives in an ambush by an ISIS-affiliated group.

Trump said he had written to the families and planned to called them. He then took a jab at Obama and other former 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," Trump told reporters. "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."

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When asked to clarify what he said about Obama, Trump said he wasn't sure.

"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," Trump said. "Sometimes it's a very difficult thing to do but I do a combination of both.

"President Obama I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't. I don't know that's what I was told."

Former Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco also refuted Trump's claims.

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"That's a f**king lie," Mastromonaco tweeted. "To say President Obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA -- he's a deranged animal."

"This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards," added Obama's foreign policy advisor, Ben Rhodes.

Air Force veteran and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich also blasted Trump for his comments.

"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others," Popovich told The Nation. "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. "

"The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it," Popovich continued. "This is their shame most of all."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said that Trump "wasn't criticizing predecessors, but stating a fact."

Sources: Daily Mail, Delilia O'Malley/Twitter, The Nation / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Max Pixel (2)

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