Rep. Wilson: Gen. Kelly 'Will Say Anything' To 'Keep His Job'

Brittany M. Hughes | October 19, 2017
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If there's a place lower than the bottom of the barrel, Florida Democratic Congresswomen Frederica Wilson just found it.

It all started when an emotional Gen. John Kelly told reporters in the White House briefing room Thursday that it "stunned" him when he heard Wilson had publicly criticized President Trump's phone call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed on Oct. 4 by Islamic militants in Niger.

Wilson, who said she was with Johnson's widow when Trump made the call earlier this week, slammed the president for "disrespecting" the Gold Star wife by allegedly telling her that her husband "knew what he was getting into" when he enlisted in the Army.

Kelly, who lost his own Marine son in 2010, fired back at the congresswoman Thursday for politicizing the president's attempt to console and honor the slain soldier's wife.

“I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning and brokenhearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing,” a clearly emotional Kelly told reporters. “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 man, a fallen hero.”

“[Johnson] knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted,” Kelly continued. “There’s no reason to enlist. He enlisted, and he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. That was the message.”

In response to Kelly's remarks, Wilson accused the Chief of Staff of pandering to "keep his job."

“John Kelly’s trying to keep his job,” Wilson told POLITICO on Thursday. “He will say anything. There were other people who heard what I heard.”

Here's the video of Kelly apparently just trying to "keep his job." Though it certainly sounded like a lot more than that to me.