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Gold Star dad lights up media with blistering rebuke: ‘My son knew what he signed up for’

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The father of one of the Green Berets killed in Niger offered a blistering rebuke of the fervid criticism being directed at President Donald Trump over a condolence call to a widow of a deceased soldier.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Arnold Wright, the father of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, said he spoke with Trump on the phone and the president’s remarks were “appropriate.” He also said his son did know what he signed up for.

“I’ll say it: my son knew what he signed up for. He signed up to be a Green Beret. He had no illusions about what that meant,” said the Gold Star father who also served in the military. “My son came from a military family with a tradition that dates back to 1812. He fully knew what it means to serve and the risk involved.”

AP Frederica Wilson
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Wright’s input coming after Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., politicized a phone call Trump made to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, ripping the president for his “insensitive remarks.”

Wilson, who’s furiously spinning the incident in Niger as “Mr. Trump’s Benghazi,” was sitting with Johnson’s widow as she spoke to Trump and claimed he told the grieving woman her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

Trump has denied the claim and tweeted Wednesday that Wilson, “totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action.”

White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired United States Marine Corps general who lost his son in Afghanistan in 2010, thought Trump’s remarks were “completely appropriate” and “respectful,” according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Wright said he spoke with the president for about 20 minutes, saying “the tone was great” and that he had no qualms with it coming two weeks after his son was killed.

“His comments were appropriate,” he told Time Magazine.

“He talked to me about the loss of my son and how he served with honor and dignity and he just wanted to give me a call to thank me,” Wright said. “I told him the kind of man Dustin was. We talked about his deployment.

“We got troops out there with no air cover. There are still teams in the country. That was the main point that was the conversation.”

AP Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright
(Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne/U.S. Air Force via AP)

The media’s infatuation with the condolence calls  follows Trump saying on Monday that “President [Barack] Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls” to the families of fallen soldiers.

The grieving father took exception to the blood lust the press has shown for Trump in defense of their messiah.

“This isn’t about Donald Trump and this isn’t about a damn phone call,” Wright insisted. “This is about my son and the kind of man he was. He died in a bad situation that needs to be changed. And he’s not coming back home.”

Tom Tillison

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