"You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?"
Describing Trump as "brave" for making the calls, Kelly said the President had sought his counsel on how to handle them.
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.
President Donald Trump may or may not have said something insensitive or excessively blunt to the widow of a soldier killed earlier this month in Niger.
The Associated Press found relatives of four soldiers who died overseas during Trump's presidency who said they never received calls from him. "That was the message that was transmitted".
"I didn't say what that congresswoman said, didn't say it at all", Trump told reporters Tuesday when asked. "I'm sure he knows that this is what he signed up for, but it still hurts, '" Wilson told "The View". That's obviously not the case anymore as we've seen with recent cases. "I just thought that that might be sacred".
"I think that General Kelly is disgusted by the way that this has been politicized and that the focus has become on the process and not the fact that American lives were lost", Sanders said during the press briefing. Kelly said he was so upset he went to walk "among the finest men and women on this earth" and he walked around the "stones" of Arlington National Cemetery for more than an hour. There, amid the memorials to the recent war dead is Grave 9480, the final resting place of Kelly's son, Robert, a Marine killed in 2010 in Afghanistan.
Kelly went on to offer a protracted justification for what he said was Trump's attempt to offer his condolences to Johnson's wife, Myeshia.
During a speech to the White House press corps, Kelly referred to Wilson as an "empty barrel" for sharing the contents of Trump's call with the family, wherein Trump allegedly said that their son, "knew what he was getting into". Wilson told MSNBC on Wednesday that Johnson's widow was shaken by the exchange. "He should not have said that - he shouldn't have said it". The phone was on speaker.
Trump clarified to Fox News that he didn't know what Obama's actual policy was but noted that he writes letters and also makes calls.
Kelly says, though, that he is the one who suggested what Trump should say.
Kelly said he had advised Trump not to make the calls: "My first recommendation was he not do it".
Jones-Johnson says she was in the vehicle and "the statement is true".
"Didn't say it at all", he said. She is also demanding answers on the Niger attack in which her constituent and three other soldiers died, saying it will be "Mr. Trump's Benghazi".
"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Jones-Johnson said. "There were other people who heard what I heard".
"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", Gen. Kelly said. Trump backed off the claim slightly when pressed further by reporters.
But Kelly said Wilson exhibited "selfish behavior" with her account of the call.