President Trump Sends $25000 Check to Gold Star Family

President Trump Sends $25000 Check to Gold Star Family

"To imply that President Obama was not appropriately sensitive, was not appropriately involved, was something that I was simply not going to allow to go unaddressed", Holder said.

Dillon Baldridge, who was killed by an Afghan police officer in a "suspected insider attack" in June. When asked about the account, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters refused to comment specifically on Baldridge's story.

Mr Trump initially claimed that only he among presidents made sure to call families.

The White House's defense hasn't quieted critics.

Johnson was one of four soldiers killed in an ambush by dozens of Islamic extremists during a joint patrol by American and Niger forces, USA military officials say. Johnson was "astonished" by that remark during a phone call from Trump on Tuesday.

"This is a no-win for the president, but I also think this is his staff's fault", he said, arguing enough priority wasn't put on briefing the president on the deaths of soldiers.

Holder, a top ally of Obama's who was attorney general for the first six years of his presidency, said Trump's comments made him feel he needed to speak out. He later sought to walk the claim back, though did not apologise for his error when it was pointed out. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING: "President Obama and other presidents majority didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls" And then, during a radio interview, Trump brought up Chief of Staff John Kelly, who's son died in Afghanistan in 2010. "Sad!" The president has been under fire since Monday, when he accused former President Obama of not calling the families of fallen soldiers.

Wilson told the Herald on Tuesday that she heard that call on speakerphone from Trump to the widow of Johnson, the soldier and father who was killed in Niger whose body was returned home that afternoon.

"He made the focus about him", Panetta told ABC News' Powerhouse Politics podcast on Wednesday, adding that it "really distracted from what the country ought to focus on, which is the sacrifices of those individuals and those families". Johnson's widow Myeshia Johnson, the master sergeant, the late sergeant's aunt and uncle, and Wilson's driver were also in the limousine, Wilson said.

However, press reports claimed the USA president told the grieving widow that Johnson had "known what he signed up for".

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Cowanda Jones-Joshnson told The Washington Post.

Chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general whose son was killed in Afghanistan, was left angry and frustrated at the way the issue has become politicized.

"You could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?"

However, the younger Kelly was married at the time of his death so per protocol any phone call would have gone to his wife and not his parents.

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