Former President Donald Trump’s longest-serving chief of staff, John Kelly, has made explosive revelations about Trump’s private comments regarding American military members and veterans.
In a statement provided to CNN‘s Jake Tapper, on Tuesday, October 3, Kelly confirmed several derogatory comments attributed to Trump in a September 2020 article by Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg.
According to Kelly, Trump referred to those who serve in the military, get shot down or seriously wounded in combat, or endure years of torture as prisoners of war as ‘suckers’ because he believed there was nothing in it for them.
Furthermore, Trump expressed reluctance to be seen with military amputees, citing concerns about his public image.
Kelly also corroborated claims that Trump openly showed contempt for a Gold Star family during the 2016 campaign, as well as referring to Senator John McCain and George H.W. Bush, both war veterans, as ‘losers’.
Shockingly, Trump allegedly refused to support McCain’s funeral and questioned why he should visit the graves of Americans killed in World War I, dismissing them as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’.
The revelations continue with an account of Trump’s response to a military parade he was planning, where he explicitly stated he did not want wounded soldiers to participate.
When Kelly pointed out that wounded soldiers are heroes and should be celebrated, Trump callously responded, “It doesn’t look good for me.”
In Kelly’s scathing assessment, he accuses Trump of not comprehending the fundamental values of America.
He portrays Trump as someone who lacks an understanding of the principles America stands for admires autocrats, and holds contempt for democratic institutions, the Constitution, and the rule of law.
This damning testimony comes from a person who was once one of Trump’s closest allies, making it all the more damaging for the former president.
Kelly’s words shed light on a side of Trump that contradicts his public persona, exposing a deep disrespect for those who have served their country and a callous indifference to their sacrifices.
The revelations also raise questions about the character and judgment of a president who entrusted such a critical role to an individual he now accuses of disloyalty.
It underscores the complexity and controversy surrounding Trump’s leadership style and his relationships with key figures within his administration.
As this information surfaces, it adds another layer to the ongoing discussions about Trump’s legacy and the impact of his presidency on the nation.
The stark contrast between public image and private remarks, as revealed by John Kelly, will likely shape how history views the 45th President of the United States.