Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

WH Asked Pentagon For List Of Gold Star Families After Trump's Claim

WH Asked Pentagon For List Of Gold Star Families After Trump's Claim

Considering the White House clearly didn't have a complete and updated list at the time Trump said he'd called everyone, that pretty much had them covered for the inevitable revelation that Trump had not, in fact, been in touch with all Gold Star families.

"It doesn't matter if I hear from the White House or not".

Sheila and Calvin Murphy are the parents of Spc. "Etienne Murphy - and all the other Gold Star moms. all those who are grieving".

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Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that he had called "virtually" every family of a US soldier who was killed in 2017, and despite Trump's supreme confidence in his ability to perform the most basic tasks of the presidency, White House officials weren't so sure. It's somewhat obscured the incident that Trump was actually being asked about when he made the claim, however ― the killing of Sgt. Johnson, along with three other soldiers, during a military operation in the African nation of Niger.

The Murphys said they did not wish to overshadow their son's sacrifice with political jousting.

Murphy, through what she called "un-get-throughable" pain, said she wrote a letter to the White House in hopes that Trump would "not forget" Etienne.

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The president sparked more controversy this week by publicly feuding with Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who said Trump told Myeshia Johnson - the widow of Sgt. "I don't want it to be about me or about a letter; I want it to be about my child and what he stood for, and what they are fighting for over there right now as I speak". La David Johnson, one of the four soldiers to die this month in Niger. She said she and her husband had become "permanent residents in the twilight zone".

"I have no hard feelings toward anybody", she said.

Just hours after Donald Trump claimed during a Fox News Radio interview on Tuesday that he had called "virtually" all of the Gold Star military families who had lost a serviceman this year, an internal Defense Department e-mail indicated a different story. In the midst of defending his comments about Obama, Trump asserted that the former president did not call Kelly to offer condolences after his son, Robert Michael Kelly, was killed.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday called Wilson's conduct regarding Trump's call "appalling and disgusting".

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