Transcript for White House Responds to Kayla Mueller Parents' Claim Obama Broke Promise to Donate
Ask you about an interview that the parents of Kayla Mueller did of course. Killen Mueller was taken hostage and murdered by crisis. And the president went out to it to visit with the family. About seventeen months ago our parents say that during that visit the president had promised to make a donation. To a foundation it's set up and kaelin's name. Is that correct you make that problems. Well John let me just start by saying that obviously. The ordeal that the Mueller faintly has had to endure. It is. Unimaginable. And their daughter were killed Mueller was. A special person. You had a special calling in her life. What I can say is that is I'm not a speak to any. Private conversations that the president has had with Mueller famine and that they've given an inner and an interview. What I will say it's the president is aware of the foundation give us hands that's been formed to honor her memory and to honor her life's work. It certainly is consistent with the kind of charitable organization that the president. And the first lady of support in the past and I do anticipate that the president. Would be. Who would make a commitment to support. I this organization moving. It is what. Carl Mueller kill as father said is that the president in that meeting. Back in march of last year. That that he said that he would be making. A donation. To the foundation. And seventeen months later he says that the nation has not and me can you can you confirm that no donation has been made. Well listen. I was a part of the conversation obviously mr. Mueller and the president work. So but I can tell you is anyone think he would lie about this but no I'm certain I'm not accusing anybody not tell the truth on this indicating that I was a part of the meeting and even if I were I wouldn't. This is a private conversation. I the president obviously is aware of the foundation that's been set up to support. The lights work Q Muller and that's exactly the kind of organization. A that the president first lady of support in the past. Would anticipate that this is a foundation the president perceive what's he thinking any reason that would. Prompted delay like that I mean I know the president's obviously physically forgotten batters something that would prevent him as president from making it an issue again I I can't speak any promises. Or conversations between the president in annular Finley directly. To just be cleared the first part of the the first line of questioning it. Camille or family expects that the president of the obamas will make a donation to their daughters that it that the foundation named Kayla Mueller. Soon. The as I mentioned I can't speak to any previous conversations that they've had but I can tell you but is that the nation on equipment that the foundation. That careless hands that's been established in her memory. Is certainly the kinda foundation that the president. Adversity support in the past and I wouldn't expect it would make financial contribution to continue support.
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