During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, former Attorney General Eric Holder said he would tell the president — to his face — to “stop the damn lying” as well as that he “crossed a line” when he said that former President Barack Obama didn't call the families of fallen soldiers.
“I would have said, 'Mr. President, you crossed a line there,'” Holder told Tapper during an interview that aired on Wednesday.
Trump's comments angered Holder in such a way that he felt like he had to respond the way he did. “That made me mad in a way that few other things have, and that's why I was as direct in that tweet as I was,” Holder said.
On Monday, Holder told Trump on Twitter to “stop the damn lying” after Trump made that claim about Obama during a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.):
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
As he stated during his interview with Tapper, Holder would use that same language in a face-to-face conversation with the president.
Trump caught a flurry of criticism from other Obama advisers, in addition to Holder, for the comment he made on Monday. “If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls,” Trump said.
“It was an unfair thing,” Holder said of Trump's comment.
“President Obama has spent a great deal of time dealing with those issues, interacting with people who had suffered those kinds of losses, relatives of people who had suffered those losses,” Holder continued. “And to imply that President Obama was not appropriately sensitive, not appropriately involved was something that I was simply not going to allow to go unaddressed.”
During an interview on Tuesday, Trump appeared to backtrack on his previous statement about Obama when he said that he didn't “know what Obama's policy was.”
Watch Holder's comments below, via CNN.