Some in military angry about Trump's mention of Kelly's son

Call to soldier's mom sparks latest 'knee-jerk' by media to president

But Trump wanted to make the calls, and asked Kelly for advice on what to say.

Watch the clip above, via CNN. Johnson was among four servicemen killed in Niger earlier this month.

The New York Times also noted that Obama had a long record of meeting with families of killed service members, and regularly traveled to Dover Air Force Base in DE to greet the caskets of fallen troops.

But The Associated Press found relatives of two soldiers who died overseas during Trump's presidency who said they never received a call or a letter from him, as well as relatives of a third who did not get a call. "For me, that's by far the toughest", he said. "That's what the president tried to say to four families the other day". I didn't think it would happen.

When asked by Miami station WPLG if she indeed heard Trump say that she answered: "Yeah, he said that. I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA", Holder wrote on Twitter after Trump made the claim.

The Florida Democrat said she was in the auto with the widow, Myeshia Johnson, on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body when Trump called.

"He said, 'I'm going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000, ' and I was just floored", Baldridge told the Post. His older brother, Ryan Cross, who's an Army veteran, said Trump portrays himself as a champion of the armed forces but it's "all talk and no action".

Democrats and some former government officials were livid, accusing Trump of "inane cruelty" and a "sick game".

The claim drew a swift response from Mr Obama's foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes, who said it was "an outrageous and disrespectful lie".

However, some families eschew presidential efforts to reach out.

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"No I haven't but it's OK", she said.

He equivocated Tuesday as the record made plain that his characterization was false. The piece said it could not find any "contemporaneous evidence" that Obama had called any families. Sometimes they call, sometimes they send a letter, other times they have the opportunity to meet family members in person. Those calls, he said as he fought back tears, were the most important.

But now, not only is there a controversy over these calls, and what the president said, questions are being raised about the deadly ambush in Africa.

"Now it's getting thousands of times more coverage because it's about Trump".

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, weighed in on Twitter, saying, "POTUS 43 & 44 (Bush and Obama) and first ladies cared deeply, worked tirelessly for the serving, the fallen and their families".

The family spoke with Vice President Mike Pence, who grew up in the same southern in city, at the ceremony honoring the return of the soldier's remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

"Because grief is very complicated and messy, what someone says to a grieving family member of a fallen warrior may be very upsetting". When no one raised a hand, Kelly then said he would take questions only from those who knew a Gold Star family.

Debra Booth - the mother of Marine 2nd Lt. Joshua Booth, who died 11 years ago on Wednesday - told ABC News that though she did not receive a call, she mentioned receiving several letters from Bush, Sen.

Donald Trump has been insulting Gold Star families - those whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice in uniform - since 2016, when he began a feud with the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan.

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