WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - In an unexpected and emotional appearance, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly brought up the death of his own son Thursday, who was killed in Afghanistan.
As he lashed out at the Congresswoman who said President Donald Trump had been disrespectful in his condolence call to the family of a soldier killed during an ambush, he also talked about his advice to the President when asked about making calls to families of fallen soldiers.
"When I took this job and talked to President Trump about how to do it, my first recommendation was not to do it because it's not the phone call that parents and family members are looking forward to," Kelly said. "It's nice to do it in any event."
Kelly also said his family did not receive a phone call when his son was killed in 2010 from then President Barack Obama but added that was not a criticism towards him.
President Trump has taken harsh criticism from those events. U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry believes it is very important for all Presidents to handle these calls properly.
He's not sure exactly what happened with President Trump's remarks, except that it's been a lot of he said she said.
But he believes it needs to be handled correctly because the President is also the Commander-In-Chief. And it's the president's jobs to make sure the families are being taken care of.
"Anytime we lose a member of the military, especially someone in combat, I think all Presidents have felt an obligation to reach out to their families, offer expressions of sympathy but also expressions of gratitude," Congressman Thornberry said.
He said when someone risks their life, and ultimately loses their life, they are doing so to protect our freedom and our lives.
Congressman Thornberry added the president's job is to remind us all about that higher calling of service that military members are answering.
Congressman Thornberry said more military lives have been lost this year than people shot and killed in the Las Vegas attack, and his thoughts and prayers go out to all those families and their loved ones.