John Kelly 'broken hearted' by Dem rep's attacks on Trump
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 20, 2017,
Oct 20, 2017, 0:22
He said he believed all presidents write but that when casualty counts are high, he didn't think that all presidents call Gold Star families. "And this bill doesn't address that fact", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Wednesday.
"The traditional way, you look at President Obama and other presidents, majority didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls", Trump said.
Sgt Johnson was one of four killed in Niger by Islamist militants this month.
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. "They've been enriched by Obamacare like nothing anybody's ever seen before", he said. Kelly added that he had recommended to Trump that he not make such calls. Typically, the only phone calls families received in the past is from their buddies, said Kelly.
"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".
Gen Kelly also said he did not receive a call from President Barack Obama when his son died in Afghanistan in 2010.
"That's not a criticism. that's not a negative thing", Kelly added, saying he was just giving it as an example to Trump at the time.
Trump kicked off the furor early this week by falsely claiming that Barack Obama and other former USA leaders did not call the families of fallen soldiers. He said, 'Kel, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed.
Just because Trump called him "her guy" doesn't mean he didn't know his name, Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday. "I don't believe President Bush called in all cases".
"I said to him, "Sir there's nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families".
"And in his way tried to express that opinion that he's a courageous man, a fallen hero, he knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted. and was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken". Johnson died in a deadly ambush in Niger on October 4. He knew what the possibilities were, because we're at war. "That's what the president tried to say to four families the other day".
"It stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred."Kelly said Trump basically followed his advice to deliver the above message. Kelly then said he was so distraught by the whole controversy that he took a walk in Arlington Cemetery while wrapping his head around the situation.