Immediately following Trump's off the rails impromptu press conference in which he pitted himself against past presidents, saying he had writes or calls soldiers’ families personally while “President Obama and other presidents ... didn’t make calls.” he took to Fox News for some damage control
Following the Rose Garden presser, on Oct 17th, Donald Trump claimed during a radio interview that he had called “every family of somebody who’s died" since he took office.
In the interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Trump exclaimed...
“To the best of my knowledge I think I’ve called every family of somebody who’s died. It’s the hardest call to make... the hardest thing for me to do is to do that.”
This was a self serving, self-agrandizing lie.
Since those statements and that interview Trump's administration has had to scramble to identify and find the contact information for families who lost a service member since January, according to an internal Defense Department email obtained by the news site Roll Call.
The email exchange between the White House and the Pentagon shows that senior White House aides knew Trump’s statement about having called all Gold Star families was a lie and they needed to rectify the untruth as soon as possible.
Several other news outlets have looked into Trump's claim and have similarly found that he has yet to reach out to a number of families.
During their research they also uncovered that multiple families of military service members killed in the line duty are now getting rush-delivered letters just days after Trump fallacious claim.
In one of the reports, published Wednesday, the Washington Post interviewed the families of 13 service members who were killed after Trump took office: Half of the families received phone calls from the president, the remainder had not heard from Trump.
In another the Associated Press reported it had reached out to the families of all 43 people who have died in military service since Trump took office. Of the 21 they contacted found that he had only made contact with about half of the families.
According to a report in The Atlantic at least three families said they just received express-shipped packages from the White House months after their loved one's deaths.
It is not clear how many of the families who have heard from the president received the calls this week.
The revelation that Trump either doesn't call the families for fallen soldiers or hands the job off to his vice president sends a clear message about the man.
If you can effortlessly lie, solely for the sake of about consoling families who are going through the worst tragedy of their lives then there isn't anything off limits that you won't lie about... But I think deep down we knew that about Trump already.