White House Adds Confusion to Trump Phone Call Controversy

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White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly came forward with an unexpected and emotional statement Thursday, addressing the controversy over presidential calls to families of fallen soldiers.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said she overheard the conversation Trump had with Army Sgt.

Trump, in an interview with Fox Business Network, then called Wilson's criticism of Kelly "sickening".

Trump also retweeted a post by a supporter showing a photo of Wilson with former President Barack Obama saying that Democrats were trying to distract from a scandal involving Obama and Clinton, saying, "So they rolled out their last hope, Federica [sic] Wilson".

That did nothing to deter Sanders, who said "If you're able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes about yourself, you're an empty barrel".

Meanwhile, said Reid, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA - the Obama-era immigration policy that allows some individuals brought to the US illegally as minors to avoid deportation for a time, and be eligible for work permits - had become "pawns" of the Trump administration.

THE FACTS: Kelly also listened in on what Trump called a "very personal call". Remember when we used to talk about that?

It was later confirmed by a White House official that Obama did not call Kelly, but he did host him and his wife at a breakfast held for Gold Star families six months after Robert Kelly's death. Most of the party's big names mostly stayed away from the Las Vegas event. She added that "not only did he disrespect my son" but Trump was disrespectful to her son's widow.

"If you want to go after General Kelly, that's up to you", she said.

"The Fake News is going insane with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!" the president wrote.

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This latest attack is probably in response to an interview Wilson gave to The New York Times on Friday, in which she made it pretty clear she thinks the Trump administration is just lousy with racists.

Johnson, 25, was one of four U.S. Special Forces troops killed October 4 in an ambush in Niger in an attack by militants linked to the Islamic State group.

First of all, the president's call was put on speaker phone in a auto carrying the Johnson women and Congresswoman Kelly.

"When she actually hung up the phone and she looked at me and said, 'He didn't even know his name, '" Wilson said. Instead, he denigrated her for having heard the phone call in the first place. As it turns out, though, there is a full video of her speech, which differs greatly from the hit job story Kelly told the press.

A reporter asked Sanders if Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, stands by those comments given video of the speech that has surfaced, which shows Wilson not claiming credit for helping to fund the building. The family wanted Wilson to hear it, apparently.

"Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)".

In other other words: Who does this black woman think she is calling out these powerful white men about manners, integrity and decency?

John Kelly said she stunned the audience at the somber ceremony by recounting how she had been the driving force behind raising money for the building, the FBI's South Florida headquarters.

At the other end, Trump's call came when the family was in a limousine at or en route to Miami International Airport to meet Johnson's casket.

Kelly's presser was also a display of misogyny, albeit a more refined version than that of his boss, Donald Trump.