Accuracy in Media

President Trump is secretly attacking the military by making comments that President Obama and his other predecessors sometimes did not make condolence calls to the families of slain soldiers, according to a piece Tuesday on Vox.

“President Trump lies so often, and on such an astonishingly wide array of topics, that it’s rare for any single one of them to spark as much raw fury as his baseless accusation that Barack Obama and other previous presidents didn’t call the families of fallen American troops to offer condolences,” the article says.

After unfurling some potty-mouth from former Obama officials – ex-Attorney General Eric Holder told Trump to “stop the damn lying” and Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former Obama official who has become a go-to for quotes defending the previous administration, calling the accusation a “f—ing lie” – Vox admitted the claim is not baseless.

For one, President Obama did not call Gen. John Kelly, current White House chief of staff, when his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

“That’s misleading, though,” Vox writes. “The White House hosted a breakfast for the families of fallen troops in May 2011, and Kelly – then a serving general – and his wife sat at the same table as First Lady Michelle Obama.

Trump did not accuse Obama of failing to have breakfast with the families of fallen troops. He accused him of not always making personal phone calls of condolence.

Gen. Martin Dempsey tweeted that “POTUS 43 & 44 and first ladies cared deeply, worked tirelessly for the serving, the fallen and their families. Not politics. Sacred Trust.” But again, this does mean Trump’s assertion is wrong.

“Trump’s initial accusation was also a lie,” Vox wrote, because Obama went to Dover Air Force Base in 2011 to meet with the families of 30 soldiers, including 22 Navy SEALS, who died after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

Meeting the plane is not the same as making a personal phone call. Leon Panetta, who was secretary of defense at that point, said Obama “made calls to some of the families” and had called families of other fallen troops prior to that. White House records did not indicate any such calls had been made.

Author Yochi Dreazen says, “I was struck by the fact that the comment inadvertently highlights the disrespect, bordering on contempt, that Trump has for many in the military, including its top generals. Put another way, Trump’s comment says less about Obama’s relationship with the military and more about his own.”

Don’t be fooled by all those generals in his administration or the fact he is popular with military families and the Secret Service. Ignore his work to fix the Veterans Administration and rebuild the military. He has nothing but contempt for its leaders. We know this because he criticized John McCain and went after an immigration lawyer who attacked him from the podium of the Democratic National Convention.

He also said he would be willing to fire generals “if he didn’t like what they had to say,” according to Fox and that the Pentagon’s top brass “have been reduced to rubble … to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country” under the Obama administration.

It then puts in parentheses that Trump made these comments when he was talking about his 30-day plan to defeat ISIS.

“He had no such plan, and he has yet to fire any generals,” Dreazen wrote. Not mentioned was the fact that on the same day this appeared, the U.S. Army took control of the last ISIS stronghold in Raqqa.

It also includes other “feuds,” such as Charlottesville, the notion the military always prefers diplomacy to war, etc. But the point is that somehow Trump’s saying that he planned to call the families of fallen soldiers and that his predecessors didn’t always do this is not an attack on the predecessors but an attack on the military itself.

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  • jg collins

    The military leans heavily towards pro-Trump. The MS Mediocrities want to drive a wedge between Trump and the military. This is just the first steps. The media aren’t done yet. I espect a barrage of phony lap-dog polls stating the military has no confidence in their Commander-in-Chief.

  • efred1

    Just like the MSM bemoaning that the Trump economy is the worst ever, and the Dow is at its lowest ever…..[Don’t pay any attention to the actual Dow reports that it has hit 23000, the highest EVER – reality is beside the point].

    Like Trump has always has been saying… “Fake News”.

    People need to STOP WATCHING THE MSM NEWS!!!! Inform them you are no longer watching until they get rid of everyone down to the mailroom workers, and you’re telling all of your friends to do likewise. Then inform their sponsors the same, that you will curtail spending on their goods and services for the same reasons.

  • whoiskevinjones

    A lot of pontificating but not ONE example where Obama made a call.

  • samo war
  • larry

    euthanize ALL liberals… they grow up to be ignorant, spineless fascists…

  • TED

    Trump, among other things, is just a born bu**sh**ter … always offering as “fact” his blowhard misrepresentations and malaprops. People who voted for him … and a GOP that never should have let him become a candidate in the first place … should admit their mistake and then hold Trump accountable for his outlandish pronouncements and performances to date!

  • TED

    Uhhh, “fascists” typically refers to rightwing, authoritarian types … like Trump, Cheney, etc.

  • TED

    It’s not about “making a call”. It’s about “making a stupid and insensitive call!”

  • Wm Layer

    Just like BO and Hillary on Bengazi, forcing Quadfi and Mubarak out and creating a firestorm in the Middle East benefiting the Moslem Brotherhood and al-Queda types.

  • Gz7

    What should we hold him accountable for? Making you cry like a little baby because the Beast blew the election?

  • Gz7

    No it doesn’t. You’re making things up to sound important. By looking at your posts, you’re basically an undereducated anti-American snowflake.

  • Gz7

    You would be the expert on “stupid and insensitive “.

  • Amargomate

    And you know that because a Rodeo Clown say so?…
    A travesty of John Wayne…that vote NAY to every bill that was sent to the floor to help to the VA or ours veterans, over the words of a General that lost his own son at the war?…. Gimme a break

  • kansas

    We hold him accountable for his excellent performance in making the butt hurt cry.

  • kansas

    No, its not an attack on the military.