Trump? Can it be?
President Trump’s reactions to the deaths of U.S. service members early in his presidency struck members of his staff, who noted the “how much time and emotional energy” he spent comforting the families, according to Bob Woodward’s new book . . .
The deaths of service members with small children hit him hard, the book said. “That had a big impact on him, and it’s seen throughout everything.”
Of course, Woodward doesn’t compliment the president without using the back of his hand to do it:
The book details one instance in which staffers watched Trump, armed with service records, attempt to comfort Gold Star family members over the phone.
“‘l’m looking at his picture — such a beautifuI boy,’ Trump said in one call to family members. ‘Where did he grow up? Where did he go to school? Why did he join the service?
“‘I’ve got the record here,’ Trump said. ‘There are reports here that say how much he was loved. He was a great leader.'”
The book goes on to note that others in the Oval Office had copies of the records. “None of what Trump cited was there,” the book says. “He was just making it up. He knew what the families wanted to hear.”