- The father of a soldier killed in Iraq criticized President Donald Trump and said he was not contacted by the White House. The father tried setting up a Twitter account to “tweet at the president and tell him he’s a liar.” The comments come amid a flurry of criticism on Trump’s handling of recent US service member deaths.
The father of a soldier killed in Iraq earlier this year railed against President Donald Trump and tried joining Twitter to deliver a personal message, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Euvince Brooks, father of US Army Sgt. Roshain Brooks, said he hasn’t heard from the White House since Roshain’s death in August, despite Trump’s claims that he had contacted every family of a service member who was killed, The Post reported.
Trump delivered his first public remarks during a press conference on Monday on the deaths of four US troops killed in Niger, 12 days after the initial reports surfaced.
During the press conference, Trump made several controversial statements, including a claim that President Barack Obama and other presidents “didn’t make calls” to the families of fallen soldiers.
After hearing his statements, Euvince said he wanted to make a Twitter account to tweet at Trump.
“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?'” Euvince told The Post.
Roshain and Sgt. Allen Stigler, both paratroopers in the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, died in an accident while firing artillery rounds on Islamic State militants.
“You know when you hear people lying, and you want to fight,” Euvince said. “That’s the way I feel last night. He’s a damn liar.”
Trump’s response following the recent service member deaths have been widely lambasted. On Tuesday, Trump was criticized for statements he reportedly made during his call to one of the families.
According to Rep. Frederic Wilson of Florida, who was with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson when Trump called her, the president said, “He knew what he signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
“So insensitive,” Wilson told Miami affiliate WPLG. “He should not have said that – he shouldn’t have said it.”