“He knew he was getting into by joining that one per cent”.
Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the hard days and weeks after the deaths of their loved ones. “But there’s not much that really can take the edge off what a family member’s going through”. Some never heard from him at all, and a few who did came away more upset.
Kelly, Whipple said, “Is not doing that”.
In his remarks before the White House press corps on Thursday, Kelly said he encouraged the president to say something similar because it highlighted to his widow, Myesha, Sgt. Johnson’s selfless sacrifice. La David T. Johnson’s loved ones, which clearly didn’t go as intended. Jones said that, “The focus needs to be on helping a grieving widow and family heal, and should not be on her (Wilson) or Donald Trump”. Wilson was appalled at what Trump said: that Johnson “must’ve known what he signed up for” when he enlisted in the military.
But before a meeting at the White House on Wednesday (local time), Mr Trump said he “didn’t say it at all”.
Others waited for calls that did not come.
Meanwhile, Trump lashed out overnight at Wilson again.
Trump, who told associates he was furious about what he perceived as unfair media coverage of the current phone-call controversy, posted on Twitter late Thursday, adding fuel to the political fire he ignited with his comments on the way his predecessors comforted the next of kin. He said the respect given to Gold Star families “left in the convention over the summer”, an apparent reference to the bitter election exchanges between the Trump campaign and a family whose military son had been killed.
@RepWilson: It’s shameful how @realDonaldTrump politicizes issue of fallen soldiers to deflect criticism for not recognizing the 4 who died in Niger! Traditionally, presidents choose civilians for that position. The president made a phone call to a widow of a USA service member who was recently killed in Africa.
“I think it’s so insensitive”. Those are the only phone calls that really matter.
The New Yorker published a piece that claimed a recent White House press conference by retired General John Kelly could be a preview of a military coup. Then, the Pentagon sends information to the White House, which has to then be re-confirmed.
That process appears to have broken down.
But Trump wanted to make the calls, and asked Kelly for advice on what to say.
Robert Kelly, 29, was killed when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan’s remote Helmand province. “That’s not how we do it here in the United States”.
In his claims, Trump made no distinction between combat and noncombat deaths. Once done, the president reaches out to the family. “You can just imagine if the president calls you a name … what the reaction is”. Such a task would have to be accomplished via legislation, which can take months. Stunned that she had done it. They also asked for and got one from Obama.
In her remarks, Wilson did call passing her bill so quickly “a miracle, to say the least”, thanks to her and colleagues being in “attack mode”. But Sheila Murphy did after her son, Army Spc. “I hope, as you write your stories, let’s not let this last thing that is sacred-a young man or woman giving his or her life for country-let’s somehow keep that sacred”. “But my son was in Syria”. Kelly recalled that Dunford told him his son “was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. But it didn’t”, she said. “It was pretty generic”.