Gold Star Mom Hits Trump on CNN: ‘They Should Put Someone Else in Charge of Condolence Calls’


As the controversy continues over President Donald Trump‘s phone call to Myeshia Johnson — the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed in a deadly ambush in Niger — the cable news networks continue to speak with the families of fallen soldiers for their perspective.

Thursday on CNN, Brianna Keilar — filling in for Brooke Baldwin — interviewed Gold Star mother Michelle Deford. Deford’s son, Army Sgt. David Johnson, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004. She offered some strong criticism of Trump, based upon White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly’s account of the Myeshia Johnson phone call during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

In particular, Deford took umbrage with one particular line from the call, as quoted by Kelly.

“Kelly seems to think that [Trump’s] heart was in the right place,” Deford said. “But the sentence that he said…”I suppose it must hurt anyway,” speaks more to his personality and his feelings about maybe people of color, that it just didn’t ring true, and it didn’t ring sincerely to me. And I was frankly appalled at what he said.”

Deford went on to say that condolence calls are a Presidential task for which Trump seems ill-suited.

“I really think they should put someone else in charge of condolence calls to Gold Star families,” said. “I just think that you can do so much more damage because those thoughts will stay in your mind the rest of your life.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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