Donald Trump tells slain soldier’s widow: ‘He knew what he signed up for’

18 Oct

Footage showed the casket arriving at the airport, draped in the American flag. Mrs Johnson can be seen leaning over it, her body shaking as she sobbed. 

The president has been embroiled in a political fight over his response to the deaths of American soldiers

Defending his record of contacting relatives of slain American soldiers, he 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.” 

“I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

The comment triggered an immediate backlash, with the US President later softening his claim when challenged a second time.

Mr Trump fuelled the row further on Tuesday on Fox News Radio, saying, “You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?”

John Kelly, a Marine general under Obama, is Mr Trump’s chief of staff. His son, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. 

A White House official said Mr Obama did not call Mr Kelly after his son’s death but did not say whether the former president reached out in some other fashion. 

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