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.