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Holder fires back at Trump's claim Obama didn’t call fallen service members’ families: ‘Stop the damn lying’
Former Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for President Trump to "stop the damn lying" after Trump claimed Holder's former boss, President Obama, didn't call the families of fallen U.S. service members.
"Stop the damn lying - you're the President," Holder tweeted late Monday.
"I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA."
Trump made the claim earlier in the day during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.
"The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls," Trump said in response to a question about four Green Berets who were killed in Niger earlier this month.
"I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it."
When pressed on his comments, Trump said he was "told" Obama didn't call the families of slain service members.
"And some presidents didn't do anything," he continued. "I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter."
Trump's comments received swift pushback, with a former Obama aide claiming the statement was a "disrespectful lie."