“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. I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing,” said General Kelly.
As a father who lost a son in combat, Kelly said he was so upset by Wilson’s behavior that he went to the Arlington National Cemetery to “walk among the finest men and women on this Earth,” our fallen soldiers.
Kelly defended Trump’s comments to the widow, recalling the moment he was informed that his own son had been died in Afghanistan, said he was told “…he was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed.”
“That’s what the President tried to say to four families the other day,” said Kelly, who described calling the family of a fallen soldier as “about the most difficult thing you could imagine.”
“There’s no perfect way to make that phone call,” the General said, noting that out of respect, President Trump chose to call the families of the four soldiers who were recently killed in Africa.
“I appeal to America, this last thing that’s held sacred in our society — a young soldier giving his or her life for our country — let’s keep that sacred,” said Kelly, adding, “…it eroded a great deal yesterday by the selfish behavior of a member of Congress.”