While speaking to reporters during a Thursday press briefing, Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared to criticize Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for, he suggested, defiling a “sacred” conversation between the president and a fallen soldier's widow.
“It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation — absolutely stuns me,” Kelly said.
Wilson told CNN this week that she overheard part of that phone call and claimed Trump made seemingly inappropriate comments to the widow, who said she was upset after the call. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump denied Wilson's account.
But the mere fact that Wilson listened in on Trump's conversation was enough to draw Kelly's ire. “I just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or a woman to die on the battlefield. I just thought that that might be sacred,” Kelly said after listing a myriad of other things that had lost their sacred status in America:
“When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That's obviously not the case anymore as we've seen from recent cases. Life — the dignity of life — was sacred, that's gone. Religion. That seems to be gone as well. Gold Star families — I think that left in the convention over the summer.”
Kelly's comments came after several high-profile figures, including Kelly's boss, faced sexual harassment allegations. His comment about Gold Star families was likely referring to the Democratic National Convention hosting a Gold Star father and mother who criticized then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
Kelly further suggested that he was so disgusted by Wilson's comments that he had to walk among the gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery.
Watch Kelly's comments below, via Fox News.