Richard Painter, the former ethics chief for former President George W. Bush, ripped President Trump exploiting the death of John Kelly’s son to defend a false claim that former President Obama didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers.
“I think we’ve seen over and over again that President Trump has no empathy for those who serve abroad in our wars, who have been captured like John McCain, or those who have been killed or the families of those who have been killed, in the case of Gen. Kelly,” Painter said, responding to a CNN report that Trump’s chief of staff did not know that Trump would publicly reveal that Obama hadn’t called him after his son’s death in Afghanistan.
“He has no empathy, no understanding of human emotions that people go through because he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was.”
Painter said that while Trump’s actions were “atrocious,” Gen. Kelly is forced to remain in the White House to protect the country from “dangerous people” like Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.
“He owes it to our country because there are very dangerous people out there, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, a number of others that are pushing to get Gen. Kelly out so we can get the extremists back in the saddle in the White House,” Painter said.
“And that’s what puts our troops in danger.”