'He Was Wrong': Reporter Confronts Sanders on Gen. Kelly's Criticism of Wilson

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That phrasing is similar to what Johnson's family said Trump told them, that the sergeant "knew what he signed up for". Kelly also said that Wilson lived up to "the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise" by boasting to the audience at a 2015 ceremony for a new FBI building dedicated to bureau agents killed on the job that she obtained funding for the project.

"There's no ideal way to make that phone call", he said in his first public comments on the controversy over the call, which Johnson's mother and a Florida lawmaker who knew him said was disrespectful.

You can say, 'I'm so sorry for your loss.

In an unannounced appearance at the White House, Kelly, a retired three-star general whose son was killed while serving in Afghanistan, dressed down the Democratic congresswoman who had criticized Trump for comments she said he had made in a condolence call to the pregnant widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger.

Kelly said the Defense Department is investigating the details of the October 4 ambush that killed four American soldiers, including Johnson, in Niger. And we were stunned, stunned that she'd done it.

"If you're not in the family, if you've never worn the uniform, if you've never been in combat, you can't even imagine how to make that call", Kelly said.

She said Boehner got the bill to the House floor for a vote in two days.

"It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation".

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It appears, according to General Kelly, he did.

Following Kelly's speech and President Trump's tweets calling Wilson a liar, the representative jokingly referred to herself as a "rockstar".

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. "He knew what the possibilities were because we're at war", Kelly says he had been told by a friend and colleague.

The four USA soldiers killed in Niger, including Sgt.

A president's phone calls to bereaved military families are generally not made public, but that's not to say anyone is sworn to secrecy. Johnson's aunt, who raised the soldier from a young age, said the family took that remark to be disrespectful.

"Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little", Wilson said. Sanders said she saw the speech and does not think it disproves anything Kelly said.

The reporter pressed: Would Kelly respond to reporting on his inaccurate statement? So did other people in the White House.

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

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