WASHINGTON — Gold Star father Khizr Khan said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly should have “refrained” from weighing in on the controversy surrounding Gold Star families, in the wake of President Trump’s claim thatcall the families of fallen soldiers.
“We acknowledge his [Kelly’s] sacrifices and service and his family’s service. But now he is citizen of United States, should have refrained from doing exactly same thing what he was complaining about,” Khan said Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
He added, “This is American tradition that when military leaders retire, they go home, collect their pension, and they maintain the dignity that they have earned.”
Gen.to hear that , D-Florida, had listened to a phone call between Mr. Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of , who was killed earlier this month in an ambush in Niger that killed four soldiers. Wilson claimed the president had told Johnson that her husband “knew what he was getting into.”
While the White House continues to defend the president, Khan said the administration should instead be showing “dignity and restraint” in the wake of the U.S. soldiers’ deaths, saying they have made the issue into “political football.”
“I offer my deepest condolence to the families of my four sons, brave hero sons that died protecting us,” Khan said. “Without their sacrifice, this nation would be vulnerable. They were serving this nation. They will always be remembered. Their families will always be remembered as best of America.”
He added, “I stand with them. I support them. They deserve utmost dignity and respect and privacy at this moment. That should have been quoted when this matter came to public.”
Khan also said he was “shocked” to see Kelly standing next to Mr. Trump during the president’s remarks on violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the summer. Mr. Trump…