John Kelly said Lt. Col. Vindman is blameless and simply followed the training he’d received as a soldier; migrants are "overwhelmingly good people" and "not all rapists"; and Trump's decision to condition aid to Ukraine upended long-standing U.S. policy.
“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.”
>> Trump’s former Chief of Staff Kelly compares his pressure on Ukraine to “an illegal order”. These are remarkable public comments. How will the president and his allies attack?
John Kelly, Trump's former chief of staff and ex-DHS secretary, says the press is not "the enemy of the people," and that migrants crossing the southern border are overwhelmingly good people who are looking for jobs.
“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” John Kelly says regarding Vindman. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”
Trump's ex-chief of staff spoke publicly about Alexander Vindman, migrants, and North Korea, reports
John Kelly: “... I never did think Kim [Jong Un] would do anything other than play us for a while, and he did that fairly effectively.”
John Kelly, Trump's former chief of staff, says North Korea is playing the U.S. and won't give up its nuclear weapons. Suggests that Trump's personal diplomacy and summitry with Kim have been futile.
In speech Wednesday night, John Kelly, Pres. Trump's former chief of staff, gives a defense of Alexander Vindman, the impeachment witness Trump fired last week.
🔥 Breaking News 🔥John Kelly FINALLY decides to stand up and say something about ’s war on democracy.... 🙄
On Eddie Gallagher: “The idea that the commander-in-chief intervened there, in my opinion, was exactly the wrong thing to do,” Kelly said. “Had I been there, I think I could have prevented it.”
John Kelly on Col. Vindman: “He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave. He went and told his boss what he just heard.” ⁦
This is so utterly weak. You don’t get to work closely with Trump in implementing some of his most indefendible policies, stay silent for a year after leaving, wait until AFTER the president has been acquitted, and then expect applause when you speak up
Trump's ex-chief of staff spoke publicly about Alexander Vindman, migrants, and North Korea, reports
Wow. Gen. John Kelly on LTC Vindman: “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.” via
“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave. He went and told his boss what he just heard.” John Kelly defends Vindman. That and more in this great ⁦⁩ dispatch
Kelly is saying publicly what he has said to people close to him since leaving. But as ⁦⁩ points out, record inside was mixed. Will Trump attack? POTUS was worried about a book when Kelly left. Kelly vowed not to write one for many years.
John Kelly has some things to say about one
“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave. He went and told his boss what he just heard.” -- John Kelly, Trump's ex-chief of staff, on Lt. Col. Vindman. More on Kelly from
Former WH Chief of Staff John Kelly admits Trump's North Korea policy is a disaster: "He will never give his nuclear weapons up..I never did think Kim would do anything other than play us for a while, and he did that fairly effectively.”
Trump's ex-chief of staff spoke publicly about Alexander Vindman, migrants, and North Korea, reports
So if I'm reading this correctly, John Kelly personally dislikes Trump and opposes many of his key policy initiatives, but Trump had him run White House operations for a year and a half anyway. Interesting
“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.’”
Trump's former chief of staff spoke publicly about Alexander Vindman, migrants, and North Korea, reports
Trump former Chief of Staff John Kelly now defending Vindman reporting the Trump-Ukraine call. “We teach them: ‘Don’t follow an illegal order.’ ...He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave... He went & told his boss what he just heard.”
It’s amazing that this guy is more honest about Trump than most business leaders, including tech ones: John Kelly on Alexander Vindman, North Korea, and Trump - The Atlantic
Highlights: Vindman is blameless and was just doing his job/following his training; Kim Jong-un will never give up his nukes, migrants are "overwhelmingly good people," Trump was wrong to intervene to help Eddie Gallagher. More
“The idea that the commander in chief intervened there, in my opinion, was exactly the wrong thing to do,” Kelly said. “Had I been there, I think I could have prevented it.”
The former chief of staff explained, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trump’s behavior regarding North Korea, immigration, and Ukraine. ⁦⁩ for ⁦
When Vindman heard the president tell Zelensky he wanted to see the Biden family investigated, that was tantamount to hearing “an illegal order,” Kelly said. “We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order....’”
Good to hear, but a rather too little and too late. He could have testified in the House during the impeachment hearings, but didn’t. He could go on the air with major broadcast outlets, but hasn’t. Still, better than the omertà embraced by others.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1216th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
This is a very interesting window into the degree of disunity in the White House. (Which seems a good thing, since unity would mean everyone agreed with Trump.)
Here’s what John Kelly said yesterday about the president’s demonization of migrants. He said it’s wrong to characterize them as rapists and murderers
Trump's former chief of staff John Kelly finally speaks out about Alexander Vindman, migrants, and North Korea, reports
Trump's former chief of staff spoke publicly about Alexander Vindman, migrants, and North Korea, reports
“We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order.'"