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Donald Trump and Gold Star Families

By Zayin Allen

President Trump has built his campaign on his love for this country and the soldiers who protect it, but why are they not recognized?

In President Trump’s recent episodes, the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson recently said in an interview with ABC that the phone call she received from the President  before meeting her husband’s body at Dover Air Force Base upset her. Mrs. Johnson was even more upset as to the fact that the President had a difficult time remembering her spouse’s name.

1                A broken-hearted Myeshia Johnson pays her respects to her late husband (ABC News)

“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me the most because if my husband is out there fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?” Myeshia Johnson said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

President Trump announced back in August that he would be sending more troops to fight the war in Afghanistan. This shouldn’t be too surprising being that The President is a walking contradiction. Trump has always gone to Twitter to voice his opinions, but he has also tweeted multiple times during Obama’s candidacy that the troops need to be sent home. Trump’s do or die supporters agree with sending in more troops to the war-stricken country. A poll ran by CNN sampled voters from all around the country and asked if they supported Trump in his decision and there was a landslide all voting yes.

4Trump Supporters (Sean Rayford / Getty)

The panel of voters that answered believes that Trump has sound judgment, with an intelligent and stable mind guiding him, despite what others might think. Trump supporters believe that now that The President has immersed himself in politics and is in alliance with the military generals; that is more up to speed on war related situations. Although, his supporters did not believe Obama was ultimately trying to end the war in Afghanistan and appreciates the lives of the military members and their families.

2 Trump goes back and forth with the parent of a fallen soldier  (Luke Sharrett/Getty, Ida Mae Astute/Getty)

Besides revving up his supporters and arguing with the leaders of foreign countries, provoking war has always been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Mrs. Johnson’s situation was not the first time Trump has stirred the pot with military families. Back in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention, the parents of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan stood on the stage and his father Khazir Khan gave an emotional speech and addressing Trump stated: “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” he said, referring to his son.” Trump in retaliation ran to Twitter stating that he was “attacked like a dog, although Khan’s father has never met him.” The unapologetic Trump has more and more excuses in life and presidency for how he treats his Troops who sacrifice their lives for this country.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders the spokeswoman for Trump recently broke down the process on how the families of fallen soldiers are addressed in an interview with the Associated Press. Sanders did not confess to whether contact was made through phone, or mail. The spokeswoman of Trump Whitehouse also did not touch on why some families received neither. Sanders went on to say in the interview that when someone is killed in action, the Pentagon will reach out to the family and then the gathered information is relayed to the White House. Sanders went on to say, “Once that process is completed, the president or other members of the administration can engage in contact,” she said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington

Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends Trump on the delayed communication with fallen soldiers’ families (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Phone calls were made by the Associated Press to 43 people in response to Sander’s explanation in defense of trump. Here are four examples of some of the people they called. Army Specialist Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina, was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan in August, the White House offered to set up a call but “it fell through” and no letter came from the President, either, said his widow, Brittany Harris. Aaron Butler, a 27-year-old guardsman from Monticello, Utah, was killed Aug. 16 at a booby-trapped building in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. His mother, Laura Butler, and family spokesman Bill Boyle said Trump has not called or sent a letter.

The family is not complaining. “The family is very careful that they do not want to be pulled into a partisan slugfest,” Boyle said to the Associated Press. Jodie Missildine’s 20-year-old stepson, Alex Missildine, was killed Oct. 1 when an IED exploded near his vehicle in Ninawa Province, Iraq. He had been in Iraq for less than a month. Missildine said the family had received an outpouring of support from Washington since receiving news of Alex’s death. But when asked President Trump had been in contact, she demurred, saying, “We will not speak ill of a president who adores his troops.”

All through out these allegations, Trump has not mentioned whether any of the casualties were from combat or noncombat causes. In recent presidency it has been found that deaths that are in combat deaths usually receive prompt treatment for the sake of the families. None of these soldiers has been mentioned and their families have not been contacted. As an average civilian in American this should make you wonder whose lives are more important or better yet, relevant.

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