In Unusual Interview General Kelly Reignites Feud With Rep Wilson; Defends Confederate Monuments
White House chief of staff John Kelly defended his criticism of Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) on Monday night by continuing to insist she was insensitive and self-congratulatory during a ceremony to dedicate an FBI building in Florida.
“Well, I’ll go back and talk about ... her comments and at the reception afterwards,” Kelly told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Well, I’ll apologize if I need to. But for something like that, absolutely not. I stand by my comments.”
Kelly also defended what Trump said to Johnson.
"He did the best he could to make it personal," Kelly said. "And the best he could to make them understand how sorry he was as the president and as a father himself. And then to see what came of that just was stunning to me."
Now here's where things got a little weird.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said Monday that the Civil War was "caused by a lack of an ability to compromise" and that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was "an honorable man."
“I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man," Kelly told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
"He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it's different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand."
Kelly, like President Donald Trump, bemoans a culture that imposes modern-day values on historic figures. He added that while mistakes occur, it is a slippery slope to begin passing judgment on people like Lee, Washington and Christopher Columbus.
"I think it's just very, very dangerous. It shows you what — how much of a lack of appreciation of history and what history is," Kelly said.