Leaked emails reveal White House aides were “hustling” to secure an up-to-date list of soldiers who died this year after President Trump falsely claimed in an interview earlier this week that he had contacted the families of “virtually everybody” in the military who was killed since he took office, Roll Call reported Friday.
The email exchange between Defense Secretary James Mattis’ office and the White House reportedly shows Trump aides asking the Pentagon for the identities and contact information of all the Gold Star families killed after the president’s inauguration in January, according to an internal Defense Department email.
The White House asked for the information so Trump could make sure to contact all of them.
“I have called, I believe, everybody — but certainly I’ll use the word virtually everybody,” Trump said in a Fox News Radio interview Tuesday.
The report said that the email exchange came hours after the radio interview.
“The White House ensured that the President had contacted all families of soldiers killed in action that had been presented to him through existing protocols,” a White House spokesman said in an email to Roll Call on Friday night.