'This Woman…': John Kelly Rips Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for Criticizing Trump Call

by Ray Hunter October 20, 2017, 0:26
'This Woman…': John Kelly Rips Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for Criticizing Trump Call

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders didn't deny Wednesday that Trump told a grieving widow of a slain soldier that "he must have known what he signed up for", but characterized the call as "respectful". La David Johnson who was killed in Niger earlier this month.

In a rare and emotional moment from the White House briefing room podium, Kelly condemned Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., for listening to that phone call and then criticizing the president's tone in the press.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said", Trump said. Subsequent reports suggested Obama did not call Kelly's family when his son was killed. The president, she told CNN, is a "sick man" with "no sympathy", while also claiming he did not even know the late soldier's name because he referred to him as "her guy" while speaking with Mrs. Johnson.

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"You know, when I was growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country", he continued. Kelly said he was so upset he went to walk "among the finest men and women on this earth" and he walked around the "stones" of Arlington National Cemetery for more than an hour.

But while Kelly expressed his anger at the politicization of the death of American soldiers, he also chose to ignore Trump's role in stoking it in the first place. Kelly said he was stunned and brokenhearted "by what I saw a member of Congress doing..." The Florida Democratic congresswoman said she overheard the call on speakerphone while traveling with Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Sgt.

"The traditional way if you look at President Obama and other presidents, majority didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls".

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article indicated Trump had called the fallen soldier's mother. "I said I can tell you that president Obama, who was my commander-in-chief when I was on active duty, did not call my family".

"Let me tell you what I tell them, let me tell you what my best friend told me because he was my casualty officer, he said Kel, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed". He knew what he was getting into by joining the Marines, that 1 percent. She said she was in the vehicle when the call happened. He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war.

"I didn't hear the whole phone call, but I did hear him say, 'I'm sure he knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts, '" she recalled, sparking another round of controversy. Kelly said Trump basically followed his advice to deliver the above message.

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