According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, reporters shouldn’t challenge or criticize four-star generals. She made these remarks on Friday after reports called out the fact that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly lied during comments he made the day before, accusing Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) of “grandstanding” during a speech for a building named after two fallen FBI agents. The truth is, Wilson did no such thing, spending most of her 2015 speech heaping praise on the two deceased agents.
After some back and forth between reporters and Sanders, eventually one shouted, “He was wrong yesterday!”
“If you want to go after General Kelly, that’s up to you,” Sanders replied. “If you want to get into a debate with the four-star Marine general, I think that’s something highly inappropriate. Go ahead.”
So, according to Sanders, who speaks for the White House, it’s “highly inappropriate” to “get into a debate” or criticize a four-star general.
Interesting, considering her boss sent out these two tweets in the past:
General John Allen, who I never met but spoke against me last night, failed badly in his fight against ISIS. His record = BAD #NeverHillary
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
I was never a fan of Colin Powell after his weak understanding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq = disaster. We can do much better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2016
Trump also once called Allen a “failed general” for criticizing him during last year’s election. Just another example in a long list of them where Trump’s blatantly disrespected our military and our veterans.
Without a doubt, members of our military and our veterans deserve our utmost respect. For their service and sacrifice to their country they should always be honored. But that doesn’t make them infallible to criticism. Especially when they decide to take a position such as White House Chief of Staff — a highly partisan political position within a presidential administration.
I absolutely respect the service John Kelly gave to this country throughout his long career as a Marine, but that doesn’t give him the right to lie about Rep. Wilson, essentially trying to slander her character by accusing her of saying and doing things she didn’t do. He claimed that she disgraced the memory of two FBI agents by “grandstanding” during her speech about the building dedicated to them when that’s not true.
Maybe he was simply mistaken, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have to address the fact that the video proves he was wrong.
This isn’t up for a debate. It’s not a “matter of opinion.” She did not do what Kelly accused her of doing. So I don’t see anything wrong with reporters calling that out.
As we’ve seen many times before, it’s amazing how many of Donald Trump’s past tweets come back to haunt him based on something either he or someone in his administration has said or done.