Last Updated Oct 19, 2017 3:51 PM EDT
Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives an on-camera press briefing today at 2:30 p.m. ET from the White House press briefing room. This is a change from the originally scheduled time of 2 p.m. ET.
Kelly is asked about Niger-Russia connection:
Kelly said he has “no knowledge of any Russian connection” with regard to the Niger attacks.
“Understand, there’s tens of thousands of American kids doing the nation’s bidding all around the world,” Kelly said.
“They don’t do it for any other reason for their sense of selfless devotion to this nation,” he later added.
Kelly: there is a Niger investigation
Kelly said that there is an ongoing investigation into what happened in Niger when three
He explained that the soldiers were there “working with partners, teaching them how to be better soldiers, teaching them how to respect human rights, teaching them how to fight ISIS.”
Kelly defends President Trump’s Gold Star family communications, criticizes Rep. Wilson
“Let’s try to somehow keep that sacred,” Kelly said of respecting soldiers’ deaths.
He then took his first question from a Gold Star family member reporter.
Kelly “stunned” at Rep. Wilson
“I was stunned when I came to work yesterday, and broken hearted,” Kelly said of Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, who claimed to be present for a call Mr. Trump made to a Gold Star family member.
“It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation,” he said.
Kelly on contacting a fallen soldier’s next of kin
“The phone call is made to the next of kin only if the next of kin agrees to take the phone call, sometimes they don’t,” Kelly said, explaining that a next of kin may be a spouse, parent or sibling. He added that typically, the next of kin is open to taking the call.
White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly addresses reporters
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