John Kelly's Emotional Defense of Trump

John Kelly's Emotional Defense of Trump

After news accounts took issue with part of that last accusation, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders chastised reporters for questioning the account of a decorated general.

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

"John Kelly's trying to keep his job", Wilson told Politico Thursday.

In recent interviews on the subject of his phone call to Myeshia Johnson, it appeared as though Trump could not even remember Sgt. Johnson's name, so for Kelly to direct his outrage at a congresswoman who is simply sticking up for a widow who she feels was slighted and insulted seems a little over the top.

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.

Now, Congresswoman Wilson says she wasn't in Congress early enough to secure the funding. Bryan Black, Dustin Wright, and Jeremiah Johnson were the courageous soldiers who died in the Islamic State ambush in Niger. Nor can we see why she had to go there.

Wilson disputed Kelly's characterization: "He shouldn't be able to just say that, that is bad", she told the Miami Herald.

"And she sat down, and we were stunned".

Kelly, either intentionally or not, fabricated what happened.

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Wilson's ties to the Johnsons date back to the days when she was the principle at La David Johnson's father's school.

She also said she has been getting threats from white nationalists in the wake of her public dispute with the White House.

President Trump rebuked Wilson on Twitter and called her a liar, but she has not changed her story.

"My emphasis today is on my constituents and helping them lay our hero to rest", she said. Kelly is in fact retired from the military and serves in a civilian capacity. "I don't know what Obama's policy was". Early on, Trump chose to nominate retired Gen. Jim Mattis for the role of defense secretary.

Trump also considered having a showy display of military might during his inaugural parade.

Once at Dover, the bodies are embalmed, then someone "meticulously dresses them in their uniform with the medals that they've earned, the emblems of their service and then puts them on another airplane linked up to the casualty officer escort that takes them home", Kelly continued. Kelly's appearance and somber descriptions during the top of the White House press briefing were his idea and sought to add context as the conversation over the deaths of USA soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger have spiraled into political back-and-forth, senior White House officials told ABC News. If they did, they were entitled to ask him a question. Does anyone here know a Gold Star parent or sibling? OK.

As New Yorker writer Masha Gessen wrote Friday, "This was a new twist on the Trump Administration's technique of shunning and shaming unfriendly members of the news media, except this time, it was framed explicitly in terms of national loyalty". "Absolutely stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred".

Kelly said Trump asked him what he should say.

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