Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that he had called "virtually" every family of a USA soldier who was killed in 2017, and despite Trump's supreme confidence in his ability to perform the most basic tasks of the presidency, White House officials weren't so sure.
Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, who lost his Marine son Robert in Afghanistan, sharply rebuked a congresswoman who listened to the call with Johnson's widow and lashed out at Trump after.
White House aides were "hustling" to secure an up-to-date list of soldiers who died this year after President Trump claimed in an interview earlier this week that he had contacted the families of "virtually everybody" in the military who was killed since he took office, Roll Call reported Friday.
Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the hard days and weeks after the deaths of their loved ones.
"It became nothing about politics but a person who understood, and that is what he gave to us", she said.
But this time, there was President Trump live and in living color again tripping over his own tongue in criticizing his predecessors as a way of spotlighting his own treatment of the families of those in military service killed in that service.
Her husband, Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, 37, a Special Forces soldier, was shot and killed in April in Afghanistan in an operation against Islamic State militants.
Wilson also called Trump "a sick man". She then told MSNBC on Wednesday morning that the soldier's widow was "crying the whole time" and that when she hung up the phone, she looked at Wilson and said, "He didn't even remember his name".
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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It's not hard to see why the White House would have been anxious about Trump's comments, and subsequently scrambled to make things look right.
"Thank you. I really, really appreciate it", she said. It doesn't matter if I hear from the White House or not because it's not really about ... it's not about a call or letter.
When someone is killed in action, a Pentagon officer notifies next of kin and sends information to the White House office that is confirmed and assembled, she said.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
Mark De Alencar was killed in Afghanistan.
"As a mother, you bear the burden of war in a very personal way. I felt a tad bit better".
After his son Caleb passed away Erickson received visits from both Minnesota senators and a letter from former President Obama. Baldridge told The Post that Trump had offered him a $25,000 check, but did not follow through.
She paced up and down the stairs before finally going to the door of their home at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
They paid "the ultimate sacrifice like my husband did", she said.