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Reports: Obama Didn't Call Kelly After Son Was Killed in Afghanistan

Reports: Obama Didn't Call Kelly After Son Was Killed in Afghanistan
President Donald Trump stands with John Kelly after laying flowers on the grave of Kelly's son, First Lt. Robert Kelly, at Arlington National Cemetery on May 29. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 02:20 PM

Former President Barack Obama did not make a condolence call to then Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly after his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, two news outlets reported Tuesday.

Each report cited one unnamed Trump administration source, but it was unclear whether both relied on the same source.

Kelly is now White House chief of staff, but formerly commanded a multinational force in Iraq.

Fox News" Bret Baier tweeted his report Tuesday afternoon.

Britain's Daily Mail reported Trump had sparked controversy on Monday by claiming his predecessors "didn't make calls" to families of those killed in action.

Trump stood firm on his claims Tuesday, and brought up Kelly.

"I mean, you could ask General Kelly," Trump said. "Did he get a call from Obama? You could ask other people. I don't know what Obama's policy was."

Kelly's son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2010, according to the Mail.

The Mail quoted an administration source as saying Kelly did not get a call from Obama.

The Associated Press, meanwhile, reported Kelly and his wife were invited to attend a breakfast Obama hosted for Gold Star families in May 2011. An AP source claimed Kelly and his wife even sat at Michelle Obama's table.

A former White House official blasted Trump's claim that Obama did not call families of those killed in action, the Mail reported.

"President Trump's claim is unequivocally wrong," the unnamed official said. "President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to Section 60 at Arlington, visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star Families at the White House and across the country."

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Former President Barack Obama did not make a condolence call to then Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly after his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, two news outlets reported Tuesday.
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