John Kelly ‘stunned’ over criticism of Trump’s ‘sacred’ call to Army widow

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Washington Times — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Thursday admonished a Democratic congresswoman for defiling something sacred by politicizing President Trump’s condolence call to the widow of a Green Beret killed in action in Niger.

He said he was “heartbroken” by attacks Wednesday on the President by Rep. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who was with the widow and listening on speakerphone to the call. She described Mr. Trump as disrespectful and insensitive.

“It stuns me that a member of Congress would listen in on that conversation,” said Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general whose son was killed in 2010 while serving as a Marine in Afghanistan.

Mr. Kelly lamented that few things are held sacred in America the way they were when he was growing up, including respect for women, religion and Gold Star families.

“Let’s try to somehow keep that sacred,” he said of the call to families of fallen service members. “But it eroded a great deal yesterday by the selfish behavior of a member of Congress.”

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