John Kelly Press Conference

Hattip to an old ROTC buddy of mine, retired Lieutenant Colonel Peter Dubravec.




White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday he was “stunned and broken-hearted” after Rep. Frederica Wilson listened in on a conversation between the widow of a slain U.S. soldier and then criticized President Trump’s attempts to console her.

“There’s no perfect way to make that phone call,” said Kelly, who appeared at a regular White House press briefing. “It’s not the phone call parents, family members are looking forward to,” he said.

Kelly said the comments Trump made to Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, were similar to those spoken to him after his son was killed in Afghanistan. “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed,” Kelly said. “He knew what he was getting into when he joined” the military. “And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth, his friends,” said Kelly. “That’s what the president tried to say to the four families yesterday.”

Go here to read the rest.  In their mad fury against Trump even private calls to grieving families are not off limits by those who pride themselves on being morally superior to Trump.




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  1. It’s Trump who tried to use the issue of grieving families to political advantage. As usual, he was trying to make a claim to superiority that was based on fantasy.

  2. Phil, per your philosophy, Trump is going to heaven. No one goes to hell. So why are you condemning him? Awfully judgmental of you. I didn’t think loving, kind, nice liberals like you full of compassion and forgiveness would be like that.

    Indeed, your support of what Rep. Frederica Wilson did – listen in on a conversation between the widow of a slain U.S. soldier and the President – is par for the course for you Democrats.

    PS, I didn’t vote for Trump just as you didn’t vote for Hillary. But for all his faults, he is a darn side better than any baby murdering, sodomy sanctifying, military hating, police despising Democrat.

  3. “It’s Trump who tried to use the issue of grieving families to political advantage.”

    Statements are so much more effective Phil when they are backed up with this quaint thing called evidence.

  4. As one who has been unsparing at times in criticizing Trump, I say unequivocally that he is NOT callous toward the deaths of servicemen or the grief of their loved ones. I don’t think Obama was either, for that matter. Shame on Congressman Wilson for trying to use this as a means to politically damage the president. And shame on Don Lemon and CNN for giving her a platform to do so!!!

  5. I listend to Kelly’s address on TV. He is truly an impressive person. I’m glad he is in a position to influence decisions and explain to the people and to the president what should be done. (This really came out weird the first time I wrote it–I’m glad I’m able to edit my own comments.)

  6. Rep. Wilson is 75 years old. She hasn’t any excuse but senility.

    Not sure if the Wiki biography of her is accurate or not. If it is, SMDH.

  7. “Divisiveness doth never prosper: what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it “divisiveness.” America recently lost eight years to this detritus.

    That idiot woman in the cowboy hat and Phil are the tip of the left “iceberg.”

    With apologies to Shakespeare, Hamlet, Laertes to Claudius.

    “Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit
    I will be brief: the execrable left is mad.
    Mad call I it, for, to define true madness,
    What is ’t but to be nothing else but mad?”

  8. Frankly, I think he should just ignore her. If Trump said, “He knew what he had signed up for”, the only problem I have with that is ending a sentence with a preposition. That is something up with which we will not put. Perhaps the expression is less than artful but it is obviously intended to mean what we all know about our volunteer military forces. You write a check payable with your life upon demand. That is to say, one puts the good of their country as worth risking one’s life to defend. Anyone who thinks Trump meant otherwise should examine their conscience, open up their soul, and shut their mouth.

  9. Thank you, John Kelly, for telling the world in detail how the fallen are honored on their journey home. A priest, who was a Sgt USMC in the first Gulf War, gave many of his parishioners DVDs of Bringing Chance Home. It’s a good film. So emotional, it’s not a film you want to view in a crowd.
    Being a CACO is not a picnic.

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