The Trump administration is scrambling to defend the president's characterization of his communications with grieving military families, including rush-delivering letters from the president to the families of servicemembers killed months ago.
Defense Secretary James Mattis' executive secretary, Capt. Hallock Mohler, reportedly responded to the White House's inquiries in an email titled "Condolence Letters Since 20 January 2017" on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Bartiromo asked Trump about the tentative additional tax bracket to be featured in the plan.
The sudden outreach appears to follow mounting criticism over Trump's reaction to the Niger ambush that killed four USA soldiers.
The Washington Post reported only half of the 13 service members killed since Trump took office had received calls from the Oval Office. "It's the hardest call to make. the hardest thing for me to do is to do that".
"The other way, I would never be [able to] get the word out".
President Donald Trump shared insight into his personal tweeting habits during an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo.
Hours after that October 17 radio broadcast, the White House scrambled to identify and find the contact information for Gold Star families who lost a service member since January, according to an internal Defense Department email obtained by political news site Roll Call. "And I know that studies have shown that they have their allies sprinkles around the White House". Following Trump's statements, news outlets started an enquiry into the number of calls made.
Trump, of course, was talking about Twitter, which has become a staple of his presidency. And yet, a new report from John Donnelly of Roll Call suggests quite the opposite: when Trump claimed he called the Gold Star families, the White House reportedly didn't even know the names of all the servicemembers who've been killed this year. When the president attacks people like that, he nearly never calls them by name. Christopher Michael Harris who also died in Afghanistan in August, said she had not heard from the president either. He's done this while insisting that as president, he's called "virtually everybody" who's had a family slain in the line of duty.