WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing the former Obama administration of banning patients at a military hospital from receiving religious items from visitors. But that episode did not unfold quite as Trump describes it.
It's true that the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center once stated that religious material could not be given away during visits. But the poorly worded policy from 2011 was aimed at visiting groups that bothered patients — not family or friends — and was changed.
Moreover, Walter Reed officials said at the time that the policy was never enforced. So it's unlikely that patients who wanted a Bible or religious item from a visiting family member or friend were denied.
Trump made the accusation before signing an executive order on religious expression.