General John Kelly, a Gold Star family member, has had enough of agenda-driven liberals posing and preening about the treatment of military families.
And he thinks the treatment of his President is a disgrace.
Kelly made what is being called an “extraordinary” take-down of a Democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson on Thursday, blasting her for politicizing a “sacred” effort to console grieving loved ones of a fallen soldier.
During the heart-felt 20-minute talk in the White House briefing room, the General invoked the death of his own son who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Then he lashed out in striking terms at Wilson.
More from the AP:
Kelly, speaking slowly and forcefully, said he was “heartbroken” that Wilson overheard the conversation and used it to attack the president.
“It stuns me that a member of Congress listened into that conversation,” said Kelly. “It stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred.”
Trump has emphatically rejected claims that he was disrespectful. But he ignited a storm of his own this week when he boasted about his commitment to calling service members’ next of kin and brought Kelly into the controversy by wondering aloud if President Barack Obama had called the former Marine general after the death of Kelly’s son.
Kelly confirmed Thursday that Obama had not called, but he made clear “that’s not a criticism.”
“That’s not a negative thing,” he said. “I don’t believe all presidents call. I believe they all write.”
He revealed that when Trump took office, he urged the president not to make those calls, saying “I said to him, ‘Sir there’s nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families.'”
But when Trump indicated he wanted to do so, Kelly revealed to him what General Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when Robert Kelly was killed. Kelly recalled that Dunford said his son “was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war.”
Three cheers for the GENERAL!