John Kelly 'broken hearted' by Dem rep's attacks on Trump

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"I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and brokenhearted, at [what] a member of Congress was doing", Kelly said during a press briefing at the White House, referring to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

Wilson, who mentored the fallen soldier when he was younger, said she was riding in the vehicle with Myeshia, who was on her way to the airport to receive her husband's body, when Trump called.

Speaking to the press during a White House meeting with the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, Trump again pushed back on Wilson's account of what he said, which Kelly seemed to confirm Thursday. I don't believe all presidents call.

Sgt Johnson was one of four killed in Niger by Islamist militants this month.

Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general whose son was killed in Afghanistan, was left angry and frustrated at the way the issue has become politicized.

"That's not a criticism. that's not a negative thing", Kelly added, saying he was just giving it as an example to Trump at the time.

He spoke of war buddies phoning families - like his - to share stories of the fallen and said the letters from commanders and the President of the United States don't help ease the pain.

But while Kelly expressed his anger at the politicization of the death of American soldiers, he also chose to ignore Trump's role in stoking it in the first place. "I thought at least that was sacred", he said.

"There's no ideal way to make that phone call", he said in his first public comments on the controversy over the call, which Johnson's mother and a Florida lawmaker who knew him said was disrespectful.

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"I said to him, 'Sir, there's nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families, '" Kelly said. "He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent".

Earlier this week, Trump said it was his understanding not all presidents make those phone calls‚ including Obama.

He also papered over Trump's decision to compare his communications with the families of fallen soldiers with those of his predecessors, namely Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. "He knew what the possibilities were".

She said Trump "was nearly like joking".

"And [Trump] said to me, what do I say?"

The soldier's mother also suggested that the president struggled to convey an empathetic tone.

Kelly called Wilson an "empty barrel".

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