In the wake of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s highly personal statement about the politicization of the deaths of soldiers and the impact on grieving families, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, the woman who spurred the recent controversy regarding a phone call between a Gold Star widow and President Donald Trump, laughed off her part in the matter.
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As reported by The Daily Wire, Wilson discussed the controversy with reporters. During the conversation, Wilson stated, “You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words.
“This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal! I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now.”
Wilson’s response is punctuated by laughter throughout.
The situation that has thrust Wilson into the national spotlight involves a phone call that occurred between the wife of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson and Trump. During the call, Trump was accused of saying, “[Johnson] knew what he was getting into,” referring to the potential perils associated with military service.
Wilson reacted to the statement made by Trump, saying, “Yes, he said it,” continuing, “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He should not have said it.”
Kelly responded to Wilson’s statements during a briefing on Thursday and condemned the use of the grief experienced by Gold Star families in a political manner. He stated he was “stunned and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing” while also providing insight into what happens behind the scenes when those difficult phone calls are made.
According to Kelly, he advised Trump to say that Johnson “was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed” and that “he knew what he was getting into by joining the one percent.”
Kelly continued, “He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war. And, when he died, he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth, his friends.”
He asserted that was what Trump was trying to convey during the phone call.
Wilson has recently released a statement that she will no longer comment publicly on the phone call. “The Congresswoman will not be making any further comment on the issue because the focus should be on helping a grieving widow and family heal, not on her or Donald Trump,” said Wilson’s spokesperson.
— Alan He (@alanhe) October 19, 2017