Sarah Sanders casually destroys reporter when issue of Gold Star mom comes up

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders put reporters in their place for using fallen soldiers as political talking points.

At a White House press briefing Wednesday, talk turned to Gen. John Kelly’s son who died in combat.

Sanders told the press that Kelly was “disgusted” with their politicization of his son’s death and phone calls President Trump made to the families of fallen service members.

Trump set off the issue on Monday when he spoke about his plans to contact the families of the four U.S. Special Forces killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month. Critics questioned why the president had taken so long to respond and Trump said he planned to call the families, accusing previous presidents of not contacting families by phone.

The remarks ignited a firestorm, especially with supporters of former President Obama. Trump later directed anyone wondering if Obama had made calls to families of fallen troops to ask Kelly whose son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

NBC’s Peter Alexander asked Sanders on Wednesday if the president had checked with the chief of staff before invoking his son in his comments.

“I’m not sure if he knew of that specific comment, but they had certainly spoken about it,” she said. “He’s aware and they have spoken several times since then.”

Alexander continued to press the issue and asked how Kelly felt about being put in the spotlight by the president.

“I think that Gen. Kelly is disgusted by the way that this has been politicized and that the focus has become on the process and not the fact that American lives were lost,” Sanders shot back, appearing a bit disgusted herself.

“I think he’s disgusted and frustrated by that,” she said. “If he has any anger, it’s towards that.”

The left was quick to pounce on Trump for his comments on contacting Gold Star families, as even his call to the grieving widow of one of the fallen soldiers from the Niger attack was criticized.

Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson slammed the president Tuesday claiming he told Myeshia Johnson that her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”

Trump countered Wilson’s accusation, saying she “totally fabricated”what he said. On Wednesday, Sanders told reporters there were administration officials, including Kelly, in the room when Trump made the call to Johnson, who was en route to Miami International Airport to meet her husband’s casket.

“Gen. Kelly was present for the call and thought it was completely appropriate. He thought the call was respectful and he thought that the president did the best job he could under those circumstances to offer condolences on the part of the country,” she said.

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