White House chief of staff John Kelly said that he was stunned that Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida was allowed to listen in on President Donald Trump’s callous phone call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in action in Niger on Oct. 4.
Wilson said that Trump told Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, that her late husband “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
Cowanda Jones-Johnson, a family member, told CNN that she was present for the phone call and said that Wilson’s account was “very accurate,” despite Trump’s denials.
Kelly, a retired United States Marine Corps general, was outraged Wilson, whom he called ” this woman,” was allowed by the family to listen in on the call:
It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred.
And when I listened to this woman and what she was saying and what she was doing on TV, the only thing I could do to collect my thoughts was to go and walk among the finest men and women on this earth, and you can always find them, because they’re in Arlington National Cemetery.
Kelly claimed that Trump expressed his condolences as best as he could, and added:
Let me tell you what I tell them, let me tell you what my best friend told me because he was my casualty officer, he said Kel, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed.
He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1 percent. He knew what the possibilities were, because we’re at war. And when he died and the four cases we’re talking about — Niger and my son’s cases in Afghanistan — when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends.
(Source: CNN via YouTube)