Kelly defends Trump's call to Gold Star widow

21 October, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Evan Mason
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He "expressed his condolences in the best way that he could", Kelly said, explaining that he coached the president on making these most hard calls.

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

"He said to me, 'What do I say?' 'I said to him, 'Sir, there's nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families, '" he said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended White House chief of staff John Kelly Friday after he made erroneous claims about a Democratic congresswoman the day before.

Pressed on the matter during Friday's press briefing, Sanders said Kelly was "stunned that Rep. Wilson made comments at a building dedication honoring slain Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation". Her husband was one of US four soldiers killed in Niger early this month. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1 percent.

"Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)".

Sanders repeated a misleading statement regarding Kelly's remarks in the press briefing Friday.

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"If you want to go after General Kelly, that's up to you", Sanders said.

KELLY: "It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation".

"President Trump, two days ago, said that he never said that. He knew what the possibilities were because we're at war", Kelly says he had been told by a friend and colleague. In response, Kelly told him what General Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when Robert Kelly was killed.

The four USA soldiers killed in Niger, including Sgt. Johnson's aunt, who raised the soldier from a young age, said the family took that remark to be disrespectful. "I thought at least that was sacred", he said. "The congresswoman stood up, and in the 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", Kelly said.

"What the hell is my son doing back in the fight?"

Kelly personally absolved Trump of blame in his call to the family of Sgt. Kelly asked reporters, lamenting that the death of a USA soldier is no longer "sacred". Of those families who agreed to speak, about nine said they had contact with the president while nine others said they had not. He said the respect given to Gold Star families "left in the convention over the summer", an apparent reference to the bitter election exchanges between the Trump campaign and a family whose military son had been killed.

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