Donald Trump addresses the Green Beret deaths in Niger and says he’s sending letters, and he claims that previous presidents didn’t always call.
Trump says he’s penned letters to families of Green Berets slain in Niger ambush and they’ll go out ‘either today or tomorrow’ – then claims Obama and other presidents ‘didn’t make calls’ to families of the fallen.
President Donald Trump issued his first public comments on the deaths of four elite U.S. special forces troops in Niger – and his remarks consisted almost entirely of statements about his own feelings when addressing families of the fallen.
At an unexpected press event in the Rose Garden, Trump was asked why he hadn’t commented yet on the ambush – where four elite special forces died in an ambush by an Isis-affiliated group.
‘I’ve written them personal letters. They’ve been sent or they’re going out tonight but they were written during the weekend,’ Trumps responded. ‘I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families. Because I have done that traditionally.’
Then Trump pivoted to his own state of mind when having to deliver such difficult news.
‘I felt very, very badly about that. I always feel badly. The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens. Soldiers are killed. It’s a very difficult thing. It gets to a point where, you know, 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.’
Then, Trump pivoted to taking a shot at his predecessor. ‘
‘So 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.’
Those calls are expected in the near future.
‘I’m going to be calling them. I want a little time to pass. I’m going to be calling them. I have, as you know, since I’ve been president I have. But in addition, I actually wrote letters individually to the soldiers we’re talking about, and they’re going to be going out either today or tomorrow,’ Trump said.