Bob Kelly, Trump’s chief of employees whose son died in fight, defends president’s call to Precious metal Star widow

The Washington Post

White Home Chief of Staff John Farreneheit. Kelly on Thursday unequivocally looked after President Trump’s calls to the groups of four fallen soldiers, using their credibility as a retired general who also lost a son on the battleground to try to help his boss include a public relations crisis.

In an exceptional, emotional appearance in the White Home briefing room, Kelly described within painful detail the trauma associated with losing service members. He furthermore excoriated a Democratic congresswoman with regard to publicizing her account of Trump’s call Tuesday with the widow of just one of the four young men killed within an ambush in Niger.

The former homeland security secretary declared that Trump had sought his lawyer this week about making those phone calls and that he thought Trump talked “bravely” and “expressed his condolences in the best way that he could.”

“If you elect to call a family like this, it is about the most difficult thing you can imagine,” Kelly said. “There’s no perfect way to make that phone call.”

His voice increasing thin, Kelly expressed regret plus apparent indignation that the commander within chief’s interactions with Gold Celebrity families had become a subject associated with public debate for four directly days. “I just thought that that might be sacred,” Kelly lamented.

White House Chief of Staff members John F. Kelly takes queries and talks about his late child Robert during the daily news briefing at the White House on April. 19, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Wa Post)

What Kelly failed to acknowledge was that it was Trump who also initiated that public discussion.

Asked by a reporter Monday exactly why he had been publicly silent regarding the Niger ambush for 12 times, Trump claimed to have called just about all Gold Star families during their tenure and immediately politicized the problem by falsely accusing former leader Barack Obama and other predecessors to do so rarely or never. During the time of that news conference, Trump got yet to call any family members of the soldiers killed in Niger.

The next day, Trump furthermore suggested that reporters should request Kelly whether then-President Obama got called him when his child, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Mirielle. Kelly, died in Afghanistan 7 years ago.


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