Former Attorney General Eric Holder has said that Donald Trump “crossed a line” when he claimed that former President Obama didn’t call the families of slain U.S. service members during his time as president.
In an interview on CNN, Holder said that Trump’s claim “made me mad in a way that few other things have.”
“To imply that President Obama was not appropriately sensitive, was not appropriately involved, was something that I was simply not going to allow to go unaddressed,” Holder said. “That made me mad in a way that few other things have.”
“Mr. President, you crossed the line there,” Holder said. “And you know, I understand you’ve got a tough job. I generally hold my powder, but that was a line that you crossed.”
Holder told CNN that he was also upset to learn that Trump had been disrespectful towards Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed in an ambush in Niger nearly two weeks ago.
“I’m distressed to hear that the family did not feel they were treated appropriately,” Holder said. “Those interactions in some ways I think reveal you for who you are.”
On Monday Trump said at the White House that Obama and “other presidents” did not make calls to the families of fallen soldiers.
“So the traditional way, 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.
Holder initially responded to Trump on Twitter, calling on the president to “stop the damn lying.”
“Stop the damn lying — you’re the President,” Holder tweeted late Monday.
“I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA.”
Stop the damn lying – you’re the President. I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA. pic.twitter.com/HhE4KbTBkJ
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 17, 2017