Former staffer of Barack Obama didn’t hold back when she heard Trump accuse him of neglecting the families of soldiers killed in action.
A former staffer of Barack Obama has called Donald Trump a “deranged animal” in response to comments made by the President that his predecessors hadn’t called the families of soldiers killed in action.
Alyssa Mastromonaco, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, was familiar with those gut-wrenching moments and clearly took exception to Trump’s baseless accusations.
Following Trump’s impromptu press conference in the White House Rose Garden, Ms Mastromonaco was quick to make her indignation known.
“To say President Obama (or past presidents) didn’t call the family members of soldiers KIA — he’s a deranged animal,” she tweeted.
that’s a fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn’t call the family members of soldiers KIA – he’s a deranged animal.
— Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017
CNN reports that former administration officials have also supported Mr Mastromonaco’s assertion that Obama wrote letters and made calls to families of killed Americans. They also said he made frequent visits to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spend time with wounded troops.
When pressed on his accusations, Trump pulled back slightly, saying: “I don’t know if [Obama] did… I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters. I do, I do a combination of both.”
The issue was raised due to the recent deaths of four US Green Beret soldiers, who were the victims of an ambush in Niger.
After a fortnight of silence since the tragedy, Trump finally issued a statement, saying he had penned letters to the grieving families and would make phone calls “when it’s appropriate”.
“I’ve written them personal letters. They have been sent or they’re going out tonight,” Trump said during the press conference. “I will at some point … call the parents and families.”
“President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump added. “I call when it’s appropriate.”