Evoking Slain Son, Kelly Defends Trump on Condolence Calls

Evoking Slain Son, Kelly Defends Trump on Condolence Calls

"Kelly just explained that he did say it, he brought in the context, he brought in the explanation, how President Trump meant it, although as you point out, the family didn't take it that way, but now we know that he did in fact say it, even though President Trump claimed that he did not".

Kelly called Wilson an "empty barrel" on Thursday in a rare appearance in the White House briefing room and criticized her for her speech at the 2015 event. La David Johnson, a conversation that prompted Wilson to declare that the president had been disrespectful to the grieving family and couldn't remember Johnson's name.

Their standoff started Tuesday, when Wilson claimed in an interview with CNN that she was in a auto with the wife of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, Myeshia Johnson, and overheard the president say that the fallen trooper "knew what he signed up for...but when it happens, it hurts anyway".

After President Trump drew criticism for how he talked to the families of US soldiers killed in action, White House chief of staff and retired Gen. John Kelly tried to put the controversy to rest. When no one raised a hand, Kelly then said he would take questions only from those who knew a Gold Star family.

"I think he's addressed that pretty thoroughly yesterday", Sanders said.

Kelly also described how families are notified when a service member is killed, saying an officer is dispatched to the family's home early in the morning, waits for the first light to come on and then knocks on the door to deliver the devastating news.

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"President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't", Trump said.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said".

Kelly recalled that Dunford told him his son "was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed". But a video of her remarks at the dedication shows she never took credit for getting the government to come up with the money for the project. The president has repeatedly denied he made such a comment. "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. "Absolutely stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred". Those calls, he said as he fought back tears, were the most important.

Following Kelly's speech and President Trump's tweets calling Wilson a liar, the representative jokingly referred to herself as a "rockstar".

The reporter pressed: Would Kelly respond to reporting on his inaccurate statement? And he told Trump what he was told when his own son was killed in action. "There are other people who heard what I heard".

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