WATCH: Trump has shown troops more respect in nine months than Obama ever did, GOP senator says

A Republican senator says President Trump has shown more respect for U.S. troops during his first nine months in office than former President Barack Obama did in two terms. 

Trump "has shown more respect for our troops in the first nine months then the prior president did in his eight years of office," Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) told reporters in the wake of Trump’s remarks on reaching out to families of fallen U.S. service members. 

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“The president shows a lot of respect for our troops, up to and including the practice that we’ve seen in certain professional teams to not respect the image of the flag that these men and women are fighting and dying for — so I think he’s done a good job," Tillis said. 

Watch the video above to hear Tillis in his own words