AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses whole story on hospital policy
WASHINGTON (AP) — An AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump didn’t tell the whole story when he accused the Obama administration of banning patients at a military hospital from receiving religious items from visitors.
The hospital was Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
In 2011, a policy sought to stop organizations from bothering patients by proselytizing to them, after complaints surfaced that visitors from some groups were persistent and occasionally threatening. But it was written too broadly, stating no religious items could be given away or used during a visit.
Walter Reed officials said at the time that the policy was a bungled rule that was never enforced. It’s unlikely that patients who wanted a Bible or religious item from a visiting family member or friend were denied.