Kelly defends Trump's call to Gold Star widow

"A congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the $20 million, to build the building, and she sat down", Kelly said Thursday.

Later Thursday, a spokesperson for the congresswoman said in a statement that she will make no further comment. "We were stunned, stunned that she had done it, even for someone that is that empty of a barrel, we were stunned". Wilson earlier this week described a phone conversation she was listening in on between Trump and the widow of Army Sgt.

Kelly made the comments at the White House on Thursday while discussing President Trump's conversations with the families of four US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month. Trump called while Wilson was in the auto with the widow - a friend - and other family members, and the call was put on speakerphone.

SANDERS: If you want to go after Gen. Kelly, that's up to you, but I think that if you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that that's something highly inappropriate.

It appears, according to General Kelly, he did. Those calls, he said as he fought back tears, were the most important. But in doing so General Kelly, a respected retired Marine Corps general, admitted without question that his boss had lied to the press.

Trump's handling of the deaths of service members became the subject of controversy after he was asked Monday why he had not commented on the deaths of the soldiers killed in Niger.

"If you elect to call a family like this, it is about the most hard thing you could imagine", Kelly said Thursday.

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Trump later suggested that Obama had not called Kelly after his son died in Afghanistan.

During his remarks, Kelly also criticized Wilson by recalling her comments during the 2015 dedication of a Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Miramar, Florida.

"President Trump, two days ago, said that he never said that". That's not a negative thing.

SANDERS: I think he's addressed that pretty thoroughly, yesterday. "There were other people who heard what I heard".

Kelly said it was this message that Trump was trying to convey to Johnson's widow in his own way.

The check never arrived, but when The Post contacted the White House about the conversation with Baldridge, officials declined to discuss details. He said the White House doesn't get to decide when stories end. Johnson's aunt, who raised the soldier from a young age, said the family took that remark to be disrespectful.

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