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Kelly 'Stunned, Broken-hearted' Over Trump Fallen Soldier Controversy

21 October 2017, 12:33 | Lowell Little

CNN's Jake Tapper: Kelly 'laying rhetorical body blows' and 'insulting' Rep Wilson with his remarks

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That phrasing is similar to what Johnson's family said Trump told them, that the sergeant "knew what he signed up for".

"A congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the $20 million, to build the building, and she sat down", Kelly said Thursday.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended President Donald Trump's handling of the deaths of USA service members, and delivered an intense emotional rebuke to those he accused of politicizing the issue.

"He said to me, 'What do I say?' I said to him, 'Sir, there is nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families, '" Kelly said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended White House chief of staff John Kelly Friday after he made erroneous claims about a Democratic congresswoman the day before.

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) is not backing off her claim that President Trump disrespected a fallen soldier's widow earlier this week.

On Thursday, Kelly, during an emotional appearance in the White House press room, addressed the recent controversy involving President Trump's phone call to the family of an army soldier killed in Niger.

Huckabee Sanders said in the briefing that she thought it "highly inappropriate to "get into a debate with a four-star Marine general".

"If you elect to call a family like this, it is about the most hard thing you could imagine", Kelly said Thursday.

"Kelly pointed out, if you're able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes all about yourself, you're an empty barrel", Sanders said. "He knew what the possibilities were because we're at war", Kelly says he had been told by a friend and colleague.

It appears, according to General Kelly, he did.

Other family members anticipated calls from Trump that were never made. Mark Hunter, the father, said the call never came. During her speech, Wilson said, "It is a miracle, to say the least, but it speaks to the respect that our Congress has for the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little", Wilson said.

"What the hell is my son doing back in the fight?"

Kelly chastized Wilson for listening in on the conversation between Trump and the widow of Sgt. Kelly asked reporters, lamenting that the death of a US soldier is no longer "sacred". "There were other people who heard what I heard". And he told Trump what he was told when his own son was killed in action.

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