Gen. John Kelly’s moving response to Trump Gold Star controversy

· October 19, 2017  
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP Photo

Speaking at a press briefing Thursday afternoon, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly put to bed the recent controversy over whether President Trump slighted the grieving wife of a dead soldier.

Army Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four special forces soldiers recently killed in an ambush in Niger. Attacking the president, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., claimed that President Trump insensitively told Johnson’s pregnant widow on a phone call that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

Gen. Kelly set the record straight, explaining that the president “expressed his condolences in the best way that he could.”

Trump also drew controversy for suggesting this week that previous presidents did not call members of Gold Star families, preferring to write. Kelly verified the president’s comments.

Kelly said he was “stunned” and “broken-hearted” upon seeing what Rep. Frederica Wilson did, listening in on a conversation between President Trump and a grieving Gold Star wife.

“It stuns me that a member of Congress would listen in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me,” Kelly said. “And I thought, at least that was sacred.”

He admonished the media to keep the sacrifice of our soldiers sacred.

At the close of his remarks, Gen. Kelly beautifully reminded us all that our soldiers are the best of us.

Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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