Based on Donald Trump’s claim earlier this week that he had spoken to “every” family of fallen soldiers during his administration, The Washington Post did some research and have found at least 4 families that have not heard from Trump.
In all, seven Gold Star families contacted by The Post said they have had phone conversations with Trump. Most said they appreciated the gesture.
Four families said they have not received a call and were upset. One said Trump had not called but that they knew the late soldier would not want his death politicized.
Euvince Brooks’s son, Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, was killed Aug. 13 in Iraq. He has not heard from the White House. The president’s claim this week that he had called every military family to lose a son or daughter only upset the Brooks family more.
Brooks said that after watching the news on Tuesday night he wanted to set up a Twitter account to try and get the President’s attention.
“I said to my daughter, ‘Can you teach me to tweet, so I can tweet at the president and tell him he’s a liar?’” he said. “You know when you hear people lying, and you want to fight? That’s the way I feel last night. He’s a damn liar.”
Additionally, during a phone call to a grieving father, Trump promised to send the man a check for $25,000 and said he’d direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family.
According to the father, neither happened.