Trump speaks with kin of troops killed in Niger


WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said President Donald Trump has spoken to the families of all four soldiers killed in Niger.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Trump "offered condolences on behalf of a grateful nation and assured them their families' extraordinary sacrifice to the country will never be forgotten."

Trump said Monday that he'd written letters to the families of soldiers killed in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger and planned to call them, crediting himself with honoring the dead properly. "Most of them didn't make calls," he said of his predecessors.

The record is plain that presidents have long reached out to families of those killed in defense of America, often with their presence as well as by letter and phone.

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