On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly gave a strong and emotional defense of President Donald Trump’s handling of a phone call to a widow of a special forces soldier who was killed by a radical Islamist faction in Niger a couple of weeks ago. During the address, John Kelly blasted a Florida congresswoman for politicizing (and race-baiting) the issue.
During his first public comments over the phone-call controversy, John Kelly has said:
“There’s no perfect way to make that phone call. If you’ve never worn the uniform, if you’ve never been in combat, you can’t even imagine how to make that call but I think he very bravely does make those calls.”
The mother-in-law of the slain soldier, Cowanda Jones-Johnson respectively, and the Florida congresswoman, who both claim they overheard (partially) President Trump’s call with the Gold Star widow, described it as disrespectful. John Kelly, who also lost his son (a marine lieutenant) in Afghanistan, said that he cautioned President Trump about making such calls, due to the sheer difficulty of delivering such a tragic and emotionally loaded message. Yet the POTUS insisted that’s the right thing to do and he did it anyway.
”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,”
Kelly then explained how a friend of his who served in the military advised him how to handle the calls, and later on he (Kelly) shared the respective advice with President Trump. Kelly’s military friend used to tell loved ones that the deceased, let me quote:
“was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1 percent. He knew what the possibilities were.”
Similar phrasing was used by President Trump, as per the Florida Congresswoman’s claims: “ he knew what he signed up for.”, a remark described as insensitive, but without giving the proper context, which is everything.
During the same address, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ripped Democratic Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson for eavesdropping and politicizing the call the POTUS had made:
“It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me.
I just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die in the battlefield, I thought that might be sacred. And when I listened to this woman and what she was saying and what she was doing on TV, the only thing I could do to collect my thoughts was to go and walk among the finest men and women on this earth,”
I could see Kelly was really holding back.The left and their cohorts in the press are absolutely disgusting.