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Trump drags John Kelly and slain Marine son into ongoing attacks on Obama over military families

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his false claim that his predecessors never called the families of soldiers who were killed in combat.

In justifying his remarks, Trump pointed to his chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, as an example of a military parent who never received a phone call from former President Barack Obama. Kelly’s son, 29-year-old Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010.

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“You could ask General Kelly if he got a call from Obama,” Trump said, according to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Trump also admitted that he didn’t know precisely what Obama’s policy toward calling the families of slain soldiers was.

“I don’t know what Obama’s policy was,” he said. “I write letters and I also call. I have called, I believe, everybody.”

Trump on Monday claimed that most past presidents had not called the families of fallen soldiers, which drew fierce criticism from aides of former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, who insisted that both men regularly contacted families of soldiers killed in combat.

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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