Trump chief of staff ‘stunned’ by congresswoman’s attack

By Alicia Powe

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly

WASHINGTON – White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly said he was “stunned” to learned a Democratic member of Congress would exploit the “sacred” moment President Trump spent giving condolences to the widow of a fallen soldier to score cheap political points.

He appeared before the White House press corps Thursday, leaving the room quiet and pensive after describing his own experience of losing a son in battle.

Kelly said he had advised the president on what to say to the family of an American soldier who was lost.

He said he told Trump, “There’s nothing you can do to lighten the burden.”

But he said the message that helped him was that, “He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we are at war. When he died in the four cases where are talking about in Niger, and in my son’s case in Afghanistan – when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth – with his friends.”

Kelly refuted claims that Trump disrespected the widow, explaining that he met with the president before he made the condolence calls to the families of the fallen American servicemen and they agreed Trump would emphasize that the soldiers were brave souls and heroes.

The politicization of the issue was accomplished by Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who explained she was listening in when Trump made a call to Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, earlier this week.

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“It stuns me that a member of Congress would listen in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me. And I thought, at least that was sacred,” he said. “You know, when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country, women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore as we see from recent cases.”

Kelly said he walked around Arlington National Cemetery to collect his thoughts after hearing Wilson’s blast.

“Life, the dignity of life, was sacred. That’s gone. Religion – that seems to be gone as well. Gold Star families, I think that left at the convention over the summer,” he said.

At the cemetery, he said, he thought, “Who are these young men and women? They are the best 1 percent this country produces. But I just thought, self-devotion, that brings a man or woman to die on the battle field, I just thought that, that might be sacred. And when I listen to this woman was saying, what she was doing on TV, the only thing I could do to collect my thoughts, is to go walk among the finest men and women on this earth – and you can always find them, because they’re at Arlington National Cemetery.

“I went over there for an hour and a half, walked among the stones, some of whom I put there, because they were doing what I told them to do when they were killed.”

Wilson claimed Trump was disrespecting the family when he called and said something like – there were no recordings – “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.”

Wilson said Tuesday she was on the way to the airport with Johnson to collect her husband’s body when she received the call from Trump and said she wanted to curse the president out.

“I asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with him, and I was going to curse him out,” she said according to a report from ABC affiliate Local 10 News. “That was my reaction at that time. I was livid. But they would not give me the phone.”

Johnson, who is six months pregnant with the couple’s third child, did not say anything in response to Trump’s comment, Wilson claimed, because she was overcome with emotion, particularly since she had just been informed they could not have an open casket at her husband’s funeral.

“The only thing she said when it was time to hang up was, ‘Thank you, bye bye,’” Wilson said.

Trump had responded to the liberal congresswoman on Wednesday.

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

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017

“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said. Didn’t say it at all – she knows it. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman,” Trump explained

Arnold Wright, the father of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, spoke to Time Magazine about the claims Wilson made against Trump.

His assessment of the president’s phone call was contrary to Wilson’s characterization of Trump as insensitive.

“He talked to me about the loss of my son and how he served with honor and dignity and he just wanted to give me a call to thank me,” Wright told TIME in a phone interview. “I told him the kind of man Dustin was. We talked about his deployment. … We got troops out there with no air cover. There are still teams in the country. That was the main point that was the conversation.”

Wright said even the statements portrayed by Wilson were not an offensive.

“I’ll say it: my son knew what he signed up for. He signed up to be a Green Beret. He had no illusions about what that meant,” said Wright, a military veteran himself. “My son came from a military family with a tradition that dates back to 1812. He fully knew what it means to serve and the risk involved.”

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Source:: World Net Daily – World

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