Monday, October 23, 2017

Doing Homework On The Bus

From the Atlantic:

The Trump administration is scrambling to defend the president’s characterization of his communications with grieving military families, including rush-delivering letters from the president to the families of servicemembers killed months ago. Donald Trump falsely claimed this week that he had called “virtually” all fallen servicemembers’ families since his time in office.


It was not immediately clear whether White House condolence letters are typically sent via this expedited shipping. But one former official who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations said that it would be unusual for condolence letters to be sent weeks after the fact, because they were seen as “priority correspondence, to get to the family in a week or two if possible.”

The White House declined to address The Atlantic’s specific questions about how Trump has—or has not—comforted grieving military families. “The president and the nation are grateful for the service and sacrifice of our fallen American heroes,” a White House official told The Atlantic.“We have addressed the president’s outreach to the families extensively and out of respect, we are not going to comment further.”

The White House spent the hours after the news conference desperately trying to ascertain if they had the contact information for the families they said they’d already sent letters of condolence to.

This reminds me of a certain student — not saying who — was pretty regular at doing math homework on the school bus.

I’m waiting for them to blame the dog, but they’re going to have to get one first.

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