'He Was Wrong': Reporter Confronts Sanders on Gen. Kelly's Criticism of Wilson

Oct 21, 2017, 00:28
'He Was Wrong': Reporter Confronts Sanders on Gen. Kelly's Criticism of Wilson

The president made those remarks to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. Johnson, in a call that was also heard by Rep. Wilson.

Speaking at a White House press briefing Thursday, Kelly said he was "stunned" when U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson accused Trump of being insensitive to the mother of a fallen soldier during a recent phone call. 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.

Kelly said, "He called four people the other day and expressed his condolences in the best way that he could".

Pressed on the matter during Friday's press briefing, Sanders said Kelly was "stunned that Rep. Wilson made comments at a building dedication honoring slain Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation". He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent.

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

The reporter went back-and-forth with Sanders, asking her if Kelly misrepresented Wilson, which she denied.

His chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, had just offered an emotional defense of the president's call to the widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger.

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KELLY: "It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation".

But Trump wanted to make the calls, and asked Kelly for advice on what to say. "He knew what the possibilities were because we're at war".

It appears, according to General Kelly, he did.

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"President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't", Trump said. 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. "All I can do-all I can do is ask my generals", he said. Those calls, he said as he fought back tears, were the most important.

Kelly said he advised Trump not to make the calls because it was so hard to deliver such a tragic message. Kelly asked reporters, lamenting that the death of a US soldier is no longer "sacred".

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump promised Chris Baldridge of Zebulon, North Carolina, $25,000 of his own money when they spoke by phone last summer about the death of his son, Army Sergeant Dillon Baldridge, who was killed in Afghanistan. Of those families who agreed to speak, about nine said they had contact with the president while nine others said they had not.