This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.

President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other former presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty. The claims set the stage for yet another series of bitter recriminations between the White House, former Obama administration officials and the media. 

Trump made the remarks in response to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago. “If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it." Trump said.

Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former Obama senior aide, called the statement a lie and described the president as a “deranged animal”.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was dragged into the dispute on Tuesday when Trump suggested on Fox News radio that the general did not receive a call from Obama after his son, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

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