NYT’s Thomas Friedman: John Kelly Lost ‘A Lot of His Moral Authority’

On Meet the Press this morning, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said that John Kelly has lost “moral authority” after the past week.

The White House chief of staff and retired general spoke out last week as a Gold Star father, amid the controversy over President Trump‘s call to a grieving widow, and he criticized the comments of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson about the call.

But a separate claim he made about Wilson was debunked by a video that surfaced, and Friedman told Chuck Todd this morning that while Trump brought out Kelly because of his formal and moral authority, that’s not quite how things panned out:

“Unfortunately, General Kelly, by saying things that were provably false about that congresswoman, really lost, I think, a lot of his moral authority. And now we have a situation where the White House spokeswoman had to invoke his formal authority––that he was a four-star Marine general––to basically shut up the press. And I think that’s the tragedy here. Like, everyone has lost their moral authority. And I think that’s a real crisis for the country. Because when we’re in a real crisis, and we need to trust General Kelly and the President, I think something’s been lost here.”

Watch above, via NBC.

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