Donald Trump’s jealous obsession with President Obama, long apparent, has reached disturbing new levels this past week. Trump tried to unilaterally sabotage the U.S. health care system and the Iran deal simply because they had been Obama’s accomplishments. Today Trump sunk to another new low when he made a bizarrely offensive false claim about Obama, which he was then forced to quickly walk back.
During a press conference today which aired live on every cable news network, a reporter cornered Donald Trump on the fact that he still hasn’t publicly said a word about the four American soldiers who were killed in Niger twelve days ago, and why he still hasn’t called their families. Trump complained about how much he hates calling the families of the deceased soldiers. He then said “If you look at President Obama and other Presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls.”
This quickly led to another question about the ridiculous false claim Trump had just made. Realizing he was being called out for a lie, Trump immediately backtracked on his claim that President Obama didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers: “I don’t know if he did. I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of Presidents don’t, they write letters.” When the reporter tried to interject, Trump defensively said “Excuse me” and went back to stammering. Eventually Trump said “President Obama I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn’t, I don’t know, that’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my Generals.”
So, to recap: twelve days after four U.S. soldiers were killed, Donald Trump admits he still hasn’t called their families. Instead he’s gone on at least three different golf vacations during that time. He falsely claimed President Obama didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers, then when called out for that lie, he backtracked and claimed it was merely something he was told – and then he seemed to try to place the blame for it on his military Generals. And this is the guy who lectures other Americans about disrespecting the military and the flag?
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