Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 10th, 2017
During a press conference, White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly told reporters that when his son died in combat in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama, did not call to offer condolences reports CNS News.
When President Donald Trump asked Kelly how past presidents handled Gold Star families, Kelly said, “He asked me about previous presidents, and I said, I can tell you that President Obama, who was my commander-in-chief when I was on active duty, did not call my family. That was not a criticism.
“That was just to simply say, I don’t believe President Obama called. That’s not a negative thing. I don’t believe President Bush called in all cases. I don’t believe any president, particularly when the casualty rates are very, very high — that presidents call, but I believe they all write. So when I gave that explanation to our president three days ago, he elected to make phone calls in the cases of four young men who we lost in Niger at the earlier part of this month, but then he said, how do you make these calls?” Kelly said.
“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. I think he very bravely does make those calls,” Kelly added.
Kelly said deciding to call Gold Star families “is about the most difficult thing you could imagine.”
“There’s no perfect way to make that phone call,” he said.
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