Donald Trump ignored messages from the grieving mother of a slain soldier, destroying his claim that he contacts "every" family of someone who has died in military service.
Donald Trump ignored the mother of a fallen soldier, even after she wrote to him about her grief.
Sheila Murphy told the Associated Press that after her son died in an armored vehicle rollover while serving in Syria, Trump never called or wrote to her.
Trump told reporters, “I think I’ve called every family of someone who’s died,” and alleged that former President Barack Obama and others did not contact the families of the fallen.
Murphy said she wrote to Trump about her grief about her son’s death.
“Some days I don’t want to live,” she told him. He still has yet to respond.
Specialist Etienne Murphy, 22, was an infantryman assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and was part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. mission designed to fight the terrorist group ISIS.
Trump has a pattern of disrespecting and ignoring the families of slain soldiers. He reportedly told the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, Myeshia Johnson, that her husband “knew what he signed up for” before being killed in Niger. When the insensitivity of his remark was criticized, Trump jumped to Twitter to challenge the account as it was relayed by Rep. Fredricka Wilson (D-FL).
That outburst came after Trump ignored the families of the four soldiers killed in Niger, while golfing at taxpayer expense in the intervening days.
Trump also invoked the death of Marine Lt. Robert M. Kelly, son of White House chief of staff John Kelly, to deflect from his smear of Obama. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders then orchestrated a smear campaign to push the false narrative about Obama – that he ignored Kelly’s death – to the media.
As he has often done, Trump has made the deaths of soldiers about himself. He tried to assert that he had done more for them than his predecessors, but the evidence continues to accumulate showing the exact opposite.
He has failed them and their families as commander in chief, and now the world knows it.