18 April 2024

John Kelly, a Former White Home Chief of Employees, Confirms Trump’s Disparaging of Veterans

John F. Kelly, the onetime chief of workers to former President Donald J. Trump, confirmed on Monday a few of Mr. Trump’s most startling feedback about service members and veterans, reeling them off in an announcement by which he mentioned his onetime boss had “contempt for our democratic establishments, our Structure and the rule of regulation.”

“An individual that thinks those that defend their nation in uniform, or are shot down or critically wounded in fight, or spend years being tortured as P.O.W.s are all ‘suckers’ as a result of ‘there’s nothing in it for them,’” he told CNN.

He went on: “An individual that didn’t wish to be seen within the presence of army amputees as a result of ‘it doesn’t look good for me.’ An individual who demonstrated open contempt for a Gold Star household — for all Gold Star households — on TV through the 2016 marketing campaign, and rants that our most valuable heroes who gave their lives in America’s protection are ‘losers’ and wouldn’t go to their graves in France.”

The point out of “a Gold Star household” was a reference to Mr. Trump’s 2016 assaults on the mother and father of an Military captain killed in Iraq, which he made after they criticized him. 4 years later, he instructed that Gold Star households is perhaps responsible for infecting him with the coronavirus.

Mr. Kelly’s assertion confirmed reporting from The Atlantic in 2020, which he declined to verify on the time regardless of stress from pals and associates to take action.

The perspective he described additionally matched an account last month from Gen. Mark A. Milley, the previous chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, who mentioned Mr. Trump had chastised him for selecting an Military captain who misplaced a leg in Afghanistan to sing “God Bless America” at a ceremony as a result of “nobody needs to see that, the wounded.”

In his last speech as chairman final week, Common Milley mentioned — with out naming Mr. Trump — that American troops took an oath to the Structure, not “to a wannabe dictator.”

Mr. Kelly has been sharply crucial of Mr. Trump in interviews in latest months, and modern studies from his tenure revealed rigidity between the 2 males.

A Trump marketing campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, said in a statement provided to NBC News that Mr. Kelly “has completely clowned himself with these debunked tales he’s made up as a result of he didn’t serve his president nicely whereas working as chief of workers.”