Kelly defends Trump's call to Gold Star widow

21 October, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • John Kelly

Wilson has accused Trump of offending the family with his comments and Kelly said it was inappropriate for the lawmaker to listen in on the call.

"A congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the $20 million, to build the building, and she sat down", Kelly said Thursday.

"That was the message that was transmitted" by President Trump to Myeshia Johnson, Kelly said.

Watch Kelly's remarks for yourself in the video below, and tell me what you think.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Kelly "absolutely" stands by his slam.

Trump came under fire Tuesday for saying, as Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson told reporters, that U.S. Army Sgt.

Kelly said the Defense Department is investigating the details of the October 4 ambush that killed four American soldiers, including Johnson, in Niger. He knew what he was getting into when he joined that 1 percent.

"I was stunned that she had done that", he said on Thursday.




It was later confirmed by a White House official that Obama did not call Kelly, but he did host him and his wife at a breakfast held for Gold Star families six months after Robert Kelly's death.

"If you want to go after Gen. Kelly, that's up to you".

In his remarks, Kelly blasted Wilson for listening to a "sacred" call between the president and the widow of a fallen soldier.

The deaths of US troops is an emotional issue for Kelly, a retired four-star general, whose son was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010.

Islamic militants on motorcycles brought rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing the four and wounding others after shattering the windows of unarmored US trucks. But she said the comments were not part of Wilson's full speech. Grogan nearly retired, 53 years old; Duke, I think less than a year on the job.

A president's phone calls to bereaved military families are generally not made public, but that's not to say anyone is sworn to secrecy. Those calls, he said as he fought back tears, were the most important.

Brianna Keilar was struck by Huckabee Sanders' "absurd statement" about the media continuing to cover this, while former retired Rear Admiral and State Department spokesman John Kirby agreed that of course Kelly "should be questioned" and scrutinized by the press. "There were other people who heard what I heard".

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