No one could mistake the anguish in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s voice when he took the podium to talk about the combat death of his son Robert, how he and his wife were notified, and what contact they had with President Obama’s White House thereafter.
Then Kelly segued to defend Trump’s follow-up to the combat deaths of four American soldiers in Niger, and Trump’s call to one of the grieving widows. With that segue the entire press briefing went south. What had been genuine and moving became twisted and hollow. Everyone who works in Trump’s orbit becomes tainted by his coarse venality.
I wondered if Kelly would allow the death of his son to be used by Trump to score cheap political points, and the answer apparently is yes.