Earlier this week, in an apparent effort to prove his false claim that President Barack Obama didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers, told a talk radio host that he should contact Gen. John Kelly and see if Obama contacted him after Kelly’s son died in Afghanistan in 2010.
This evening, CNN reported that Kelly had told Trump that Obama didn’t call him after his son was killed in action prior to the president bringing it up. However, Kelly never thought Trump would publicize that information.
During an appearance on CNN, former Bush Administration ethics chief Richard Painter lit into the president for politicizing the death of his chief of staff’s son.
“He has no empathy, no understanding of human emotions that people go through because he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was,” he told host Erin Burnett.
Painter added that what Trump has done to Kelly is “atrocious,” but that Kelly needed to stay in his job because if he left, “extremists” like Steve Bannon would be “back in the saddle in the White House.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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