President Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly just admitted to the media during a press conference on Thursday that Trump did, indeed, say that Trump made the “he knew what he was getting himself into” comment when speaking to the widow of a fallen soldier.
Now, while Kelly was trying to defend Trump’s comments, what he inadvertently did was just make matters worse. Why? Because Trump flat-out denied the accusations just a day prior and even called Congresswoman Wilson a liar for saying that he did.
“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said. Didn’t say it at all – she knows it. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman.”
Trump even went as far as to say he had “proof” he didn’t make the comment.
That’s not what Kelly is now saying. Watch below:
Gen. Kelly defends Trump's call to the widow of a fallen solder: "He's a brave man, a fallen hero. He knew what he was getting himself into" pic.twitter.com/x2FrwQWKoD
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 19, 2017
So, which is it? Can the White House get their story together?
Considering, Myeshia Johnson (the widow the fallen soldier) says that is what Trump said, who is Trump to call her a liar? Also, a family friend of Johnson’s was in the car when the call was made on speakerphone. She confirmed that what was said was “very accurate.”
Rep. Wilson was also not worried about President Trump’s calls for her to disavow her statement. She’s still standing by it, and now that Trump’s own chief of staff is now onboard that the comment actually happened, well, that just changes everything.
When you hear Kelly’s comments, you can tell that the White House is now switching tactics and doubling down on the comments. Kelly is now trying to defend “he knew what he was getting into.”
“He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1%. He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war,” Kelly said, channeling Dunford’s words to him upon the death of Kelly’s son. “And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends. That’s what the President tried to say to the four families the other day.”
Perhaps Trump should have stood by the comment before the truth came out first. This appears to be damage control gone very wrong.