How John Kelly's Trump Defense Is Being Received
Congresswoman he criticized accuses him of using 'racist term'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2017 9:37 AM CDT
Updated Oct 20, 2017 1:02 PM CDT
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House Thursday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – White House chief of staff John Kelly made a rare foray into the national spotlight on Thursday with his emotional defense of President Trump's call to a fallen soldier's family. Kelly's own son was killed serving in Afghanistan, lending his words a powerful impact, and the four-star general is winning widespread praise for his appearance. Some critics, however, think he veered off course by getting political as he waded into the feud between Trump and Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who has accused the president of being insensitive to the family of Sgt. La David Johnson. And Wilson herself is accusing Kelly of a racist attack. Here's a look:

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