BREAKING: John Kelly breaks his silence, finally lets loose on Trump
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MORRISTOWN, N.J.—Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness President Donald Trump fired Friday, was just doing his job, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told students and guests at a Drew University event here Wednesday night.
Over a 75-minute speech and Q&A session, Kelly laid out, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trump’s words and actions regarding North Korea, illegal immigration, military discipline, Ukraine, and the news media.
The article goes on to state the following:
Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said that Vindman is blameless and was simply following the training he’d received as a soldier; migrants are “overwhelmingly good people” and “not all rapists”; and Trump’s decision to condition military aid to Ukraine on an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden upended long-standing U.S. policy.
The Atlantic reported that Kelly defended Vindman, saying he was “rightly disturbed” by President Trump’s phone call to the president of Ukraine, and that Vindman “properly notified his superiors.”
Going even further, Kelly declared that Trump asking Ukraine to investigate the Biden family was an “illegal order,” and said Vindman did what he was trained to do in reporting it.
“We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order. And if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss,’” Kelly said.
The Atlantic reported that Kelly reflected on the 2016 election, and watching the race play out between Trump and Hillary Clinton, admitting he had been “fascinated—not necessarily in a good way—but fascinated as to what that election meant to our country.”
The report stated that at times during his speech, Kelly sounded “anti-Trump.” He admitted that it was his wife who encouraged him to accept the position when Trump first asked him to serve as Homeland Security Director.
On the matter of illegal immigration, Kelly said he disagreed with the president about the seriousness of the problem, and disapproved of his “language” about migrants. Kelly insisted most migrants are good people who are simply looking for jobs.
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