WH Chief of Staff Kelly “Broken-Hearted” Over Dem Rep. Wilson’s Criticism of Trump’s Call to Soldier’s Widow
“I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning”
White House chief of staff John Kelly held an impromptu press conference Thursday to address the disgusting spectacle created by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).
According to the WaEx, “Trump told the widow of one of the four soldiers killed in Niger this month that her husband “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway,” Wilson recounted on Tuesday.”
Trump made the comment while speaking to U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant with her late husband’s third child. Trump called Myeshia Johnson just before her husband’s body arrived at the Miami International Airport on Tuesday. Wilson was with her in a limousine and heard the conversation via speakerphone, and after discussing the call with reporters has clashed with the White House on just what was said.
On Monday, Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama and other former presidents “didn’t often” make calls to grieving families. After a day of fallout, he shared in a radio interview that Kelly did not receive a call from Obama when his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Kelly, who was said to be surprised that Trump had shared that Obama hadn’t called him, defended Trump Thursday in response to Wilson’s claims.
Wilson accused Kelly of saying anything to try to keep his job.
An emotional Kelly explained how “broken-hearted” he was watching Rep. Wilson take aim at President Trump over something like the death of a soldier. “I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning,” said Kelly.
Video: Gut-wrenching stuff as Gen. Kelly describes his emotions upon seeing Democratic Rep. Wilson parading around blasting Trump pic.twitter.com/1quiR8ta0R
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Kelly, who lost a son in Afghanistan in 2010, explained why be believes then President Obama did not call to send his condolences.
“He asked me about previous presidents and I said I could tell you that President Obama — who was my commander in chief when I was on active duty — did not call my family. That was not a criticism. That was just to simply say I don’t believe President Obama called. That’s not a negative thing. I don’t believe President Bush called in all cases. I don’t believe any president particularly when the casualty rates are very, very high that presidents call. I believe they all write.”
Kelly explained that Trump sought his advice on how to make phone calls to the families of the four soldiers killed in Niger.
The full press conference is here:
Dr. Gina Louden pointed out, there’s really only one logical conclusion here and it’s that Rep. Wilson was out to make a name for herself:
On President Trump’s call to fallen soldier La David Johnson’s wife, the president’s motives are important…
Either the president called to wish the wife well, and to give her America’s condolences, or the president called to antagonize a fallen soldier’s wife.
When you consider the motive of the accuser, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., there is a long history of evidence that could be considered to point to her motive to bring down this president.
But more importantly, fame is a great motivator. Most Americans, if surveyed, would say that they have never heard of Congresswoman Wilson before now, despite her many attempts to throw outlandish accusations at President Trump. There is a history of attention-getting behavior that has not worked. (For instance, she has repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment and has called him mentally ill.)
For those desperately seeking attention, when their tactics to fill their appetite for attention don’t work, they seldom give up. Ordinarily, they take it to a new level.
After Kelly’s press conference, Wilson said she’ll shut her trap about Trump’s call to the Gold Star Widow:
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., says she will no longer comment on a Gold Star widow’s phone call with President Trump after White House chief of staff John Kelly’s emotional press briefing in which he criticized the lawmaker for politicizing the call.
“The congresswoman will not be making any further comment on the issue because the focus should be on helping a grieving widow and family heal, not on her or Donald Trump,” Wilson’s spokesperson said in a statement Thursday.
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