Now the Congresswoman Is Accusing John Kelly of Racism

Now the Congresswoman Is Accusing John Kelly of Racism”

On Thursday, Kelly said he had advised Trump against making the calls to the fallen soldiers' families, but that the president eventually made a decision to express his condolences "in the best way that he could".

Speaking at a White House press briefing Thursday, Kelly said he was "stunned" when U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson accused Trump of being insensitive to the mother of a fallen soldier during a recent phone call.

Trump was accused of disrespecting Sgt.

You can say, 'I'm so sorry for your loss.

Asked if Kelly would speak to the press further about the saga, Sanders said Kelly "addressed that pretty thoroughly yesterday".

Johnson and three other USA special forces were killed by Islamic State-linked militants earlier this month in an incident near the Niger-Mali border that has raised questions about the quality of US intelligence. He knew what he was getting into when he joined that 1 percent.

"There was a lot of grandstanding; he was stunned that she had taken that opportunity to make it about herself", Sanders said.

The White House did not directly respond to the video that contradicts the chief of staff's claims, and instead repeated Kelly's criticism of Wilson as "an empty barrel".

SANDERS: If you want to go after Gen. Kelly, that's up to you, but I think that if you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that that's something highly inappropriate.

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A Johnson family member, who also heard the conversation, backed up Wilson's account.

A president's phone calls to bereaved military families are generally not made public, but that's not to say anyone is sworn to secrecy.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said, didn't say it at all", Trump told reporters Tuesday when asked.

The deaths of USA troops is an emotional issue for Kelly, a retired four-star general, whose son was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. "The congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building", Kelly said.

The four US soldiers killed in Niger, including Sgt. Those calls, he said as he fought back tears, were the most important.

During his remarks, Kelly also criticized Wilson by recalling her comments during the 2015 dedication of a Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Miramar, Florida.

Why? Because Kelly is a retired general and therefore should not be questioned.

Kelly said he explained to Trump beforehand how he had learned about his son's death and what the officer said to him. "There are other people who heard what I heard".

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