• John Kelly's fiery defense of Trump's shot at Obama and Gold Star phone call, annotated

    28 days ago - By The Washington Post

    The White House chief of staff said the president is “brave.”
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  • Kelly tells reporters to remember those serving in the military

    28 days ago - By The Washington Post

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Oct. 19 encouraged the White House press corps to think about the “tens of thousands of American kids” serving in uniform.
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  • ‘It Stuns Me.' Trump's Chief of Staff Accuses Democratic Congresswoman of Politicizing Solider's Death

    28 days ago - By Time

    White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a “sacred” presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier.
    Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, invoked the death of his own son, killed in Afghanistan in 2010, as he lashed out at Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, who earlier this week said that President Donald Trump had been disrespectful in his condolence call to the family of a soldier killed during an...
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  • John Kelly rips Democratic congresswoman who told the press about Trump's call with a Gold Star widow

    John Kelly rips Democratic congresswoman who told the press about Trump's call with a Gold Star widow

    28 days ago - By Business Insider

    White House chief of staff John Kelly blasted Rep. Frederica Wilson, the congresswoman who told the press about President Donald Trump's call with a Gold Star widow.
    Kelly called Wilson an "empty barrel."
    His rebuke of Wilson comes amid a days-long controversy that started when Trump said former President Barack Obama did not call the families of fallen soldiers.
    White House chief of staff John Kelly blasted Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida for telling the press about the details of President Donald Trump's call with a Gold Star widow.
    Kelly appeared at the White House press...
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  • Kelly describes in emotional detail what happens after a soldier is killed in action

    28 days ago - By WGN TV

    WASHINGTON - White House chief of staff John Kelly, in an extraordinary and at times emotional statement on Thursday, explained in detail what happens when a soldier is killed in action. During the White House press briefing, Kelly said most Americans don't know what happens when a soldier dies in combat. He offered a gripping description: “Their buddies wrap them up in whatever passes as a shroud. Puts them on a helicopter and sends them home. Their first stop is...
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  • John Kelly 'Stunned' By 'Selfish' Congresswoman Who Recounted Trump's Call With Soldier's Widow

    John Kelly 'Stunned' By 'Selfish' Congresswoman Who Recounted Trump's Call With Soldier's Widow

    28 days ago - By The Huffington Post

    The president reportedly told the woman that the man “must've known what he signed up for.”
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  • WATCH: John Kelly speaks at White House press briefing

    28 days ago - By ABC News

    The retired general said he was "stunned" Florida's Rep. Frederica Wilson criticized Trump's phone call with soldier's widow.
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  • Trump chief of staff Kelly defends his words to soldier's widow

    28 days ago - By NY Daily News

    Kelly condemned critics and said Trump did the best he could when calling the widow of a slain Army sergeant.
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  • John Kelly defends Trump's controversial call to a Gold Star family and confirms that Obama didn't call after his son died

    John Kelly defends Trump's controversial call to a Gold Star family and confirms that Obama didn't call after his son died

    28 days ago - By Business Insider

    White House chief of staff John Kelly, a former Marine Corps general whose son was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, responded to a firestorm of criticism President Donald Trump faced after a congresswoman alleged that he told the widow of a slain soldier that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."
    Kelly defended Trump, saying that there is "no perfect way to make that phone call," but that the president meant to say that the slain soldier "was exactly where he wanted to be and exactly who he wanted to be with when his life was taken."
    Kelly said that he advised...
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  • Defending Trump, Gen. Kelly Opens His Heart About Death of Soldier-Son

    28 days ago - By NBC News

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday he was "stunned" by Rep. Frederica Wilson's comments to reporters about President Donald Trump's phone call to a fallen soldier's wife, lambasting her as "selfish."
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  • Trump's chief of staff, whose son died in combat, defends president's call to Gold Star widow

    28 days ago - By The Washington Post

    John Kelly called Rep. Frederica Wilson's criticism of the president's choice of words in the call “selfish” and shocking.
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  • Kelly Defends How Trump Handled Call to Slain Soldier's Family

    28 days ago - By Bloomberg

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who lost a son in combat, delivered an emotional defense of President Donald Trump's handling of phone calls to the families of U.S. soldiers killed in Niger.
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  • Kelly Defends Trump's Call to Slain Soldier's Family

    28 days ago - By Bloomberg

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who lost a son in combat, delivers an emotional defense of President Donald Trump's handling of phone calls to the families of U.S. soldiers killed in Niger.
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  • Kelly: I was 'stunned' and 'heartbroken' to see congresswoman attacking Trump for widow call

    28 days ago - By Politico

    White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday that he was “stunned” and “brokenhearted” when he saw that a Democratic congresswoman was attacking President Donald Trump's phone call to the widow of a U.S. soldier recently killed in Niger. “I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning and brokenhearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing,” Kelly told reporters at Thursday's White House press briefing. “A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the president of the United States to a young wife - and in his way tried to express that opinion that he's a brave...
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  • Sick And Twisted Trump Uses John Kelly's Son's Death To Defend Disrespect Of The Troops

    28 days ago - By Politicus USA

    A press conference that was designed to manipulate and deflect criticism of Trump's disrespect for the troops immediately backfired on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
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  • White House Chief of Staff Kelly notes Obama did not call him after son's death in combat: ‘That was not a criticism.'

    29 days ago - By The Seattle Times

    WASHINGTON - White House Chief of Staff Kelly notes Obama did not call him after son's death in combat: ‘That was not a criticism.'
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  • Chief of Staff John Kelly offers emotional take on fallen soldier controversy

    29 days ago - By ABC News

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly emotionally addressed the outreach made in the aftermath of a U.S. servicemember's death at Thursday's White House press briefing on Thursday, a description that came on a week in which President Donald Trump found himself in the midst of a controversy over his alleged comments to the widow of a fallen soldier and claims about former presidents' engagement.
    Kelly, whose son, First Lieutenant Robert M. Kelly, was killed in action in 2010, described the process of alerting a fallen service member's family about their death and transporting their body...
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  • Kelly Says He's ‘Stunned And Broken-Hearted' by Lawmaker's Criticism of Trump's Call to Widow

    29 days ago - By Bloomberg

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  • Kelly defends Trump's call to Gold Star widow

    Kelly defends Trump's call to Gold Star widow

    29 days ago - By New York Post

    White House chief of staff John Kelly, who lost his Marine lieutenant son in Afghanistan, on Thursday defended President Trump's handling of a controversial call to the Gold Star widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger. “There's no perfect way to make this phone call,” he said. “He elected to make...
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  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ‘stunned and broken-hearted' by Dem lawmaker's criticism of Trump call to widow

    29 days ago - By The Seattle Times

    WASHINGTON - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ‘stunned and broken-hearted' by Dem lawmaker's criticism of Trump call to widow.
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