Plenty of bereaved military families did not hear from Trump

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When President Trump claimed on Monday that he called the families of fallen service members more than his predecessors did, media outlets went on a frantic search for other Gold Star families in order to confirm or deny Trump's claims.

Trump also politicized the death of the son of White House chief of staff John Kelly, who was slain in Afghanistan in 2011.

On the same day as Trump made the claims of having called almost all the families of military dead, the White House asked the Pentagon for updated information about contact information for surviving family members.

Pavlich alleged that, when Holder says he's now part of the Trump Resistance movement, he is doing more than "pumping his fists at these rallies". "It was a moment of niceness that we needed because we were going through hell".

Sgt. Johnson was among four servicemen killed in the Niger ambush.

"What a frightful thing, except that he's an unbelievable hero", Trump told her in the call about her husband Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, which The Washington Post released.

Two days after the arrival of her husband's body, Trump called as she sat with an Army casualty officer. "I have no hard feelings towards anyone". The White House said Wednesday, after the report, that "the check has been sent".

De Alencar: We got some soccer players, right, sir there are always a couple in the group here, and I have, we have soccer players, cheerleaders, sir, singers, it's a roundabout of talent and they all have their special ways and their own ways, you know, they're all truly awesome kids, so yeah, we are truly blessed. Trump said he planned to call the families and noted that previous presidents had not generally contacted families by phone. That included Chris Baldridge, whose son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, died in Afghanistan in June.

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Trump opened by saying he was sorry about the "whole situation" and called Mark De Alencar "an unbelievable hero". "The president's made contact with all of the families that have been presented to him through the White House Military Office", Sanders said.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

De Alencar: "Yes, sir". Thank you very much, from myself and family.

Booker said "not really" when asked if she wanted to hear from Trump.

"Because it was noncombat, I feel like maybe he thought it was an accident, it doesn't matter", Sheila Murphy said of Trump.

Subsequent reporting suggests that Kelly told Trump this story, but didn't expect him to reveal it to the press and the public.

They paid "the ultimate sacrifice like my husband did", she said. "But, I'm going to guess that it was the same or similar to the letter that everybody else received". Before it ended, Trump gave her a message for her children. Kimball lives in Fort Benning, Georgia, and her son grew up in Cleveland, Texas.

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