Trump criticized for delay of condolences for Green Berets killed in Niger

Trump criticized for delay of condolences for Green Berets killed in Niger

President Donald Trump is claiming his predecessors did not sufficiently honor the nation's fallen. "I call when it's appropriate".

Trump claimed that past presidents - including Barack Obama - hadn't written or called the families of slain service members, though Obama spoke publicly during his term about his many interactions with the families of Americans killed in action. "They've been sent or they're going out tonight", Trump said during a press conference. He finally commented on the incident Monday - 12 days after it happened. So, generally I would say I would like to call. "I always feel badly. A lot of them didn't make calls", said Mr. Trump.

'Other presidents did not call, they'd write letters and some presidents didn't do anything.

The failure to anticipate an attack and the fact there were no USA rescue and recover assets close by meant almost an hour went by before the evacuation of the two wounded and three dead U.S. troops by French Super Puma helicopters could be completed.

But Trump opponents have expressed frustration with his silence on this issue, where there is no political hay to be made.

"I don't know if he did", he said of Obama. "I think about this every time I approve an operation as president", he said in a May 2016 ceremony at Arlington. "I'm going to be calling them, I want a little time to pass".

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Late Monday afternoon, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "wasn't criticizing predecessors, but stating a fact". "But I like the combination of-when I can-the combination of a call and also a letter". He added: "It gets to the point where you make four or five a day, it's a very tough day, and for me, that's by far the toughest".

Officials briefed on the Niger raid have described to CNN a scene of confusion and uncertainty in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

Rhodes was referring to the feud between Trump, then running for president, and the family of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in combat in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash., Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga., were killed October 4 as three of a dozen USA soldiers accompanying a few dozen Nigerien soldiers on a routine patrol. The path to Walter Reed and other military hospitals, as well as to the Dover, Delaware, Air Force Base where the remains of fallen soldiers are often brought, is a familiar one to Obama, George W. Bush and others. I like when I can the combination of a call and also a letter, ' the president explained.

President Obama not only responded to the families of fallen soldiers, he was widely known for writing deeply personal hand-written letters to grieving spouses, parents, and children.

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