Let’s put politics aside and be Americans first
Like many Americans, I was both very impressed and emotionally moved by White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly’s comments at the White House on Oct. 19 regarding a telephone conversation between President Trump and a Gold Star family member from Florida.
As the former U.S. ambassador to Malta from 2001 to 2004, we worked hard to make Malta the No. 1 liberty port for the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet. In my role in Malta, my wife and I tried to greet each Navy ship when it came into port and had the honor of meeting many thousands of sailors and Marines who were either going into or coming back from harm’s way in the service of our country. We also personally entertained many of them at our residence in Malta. We can therefore confirm the quality of our military and their professionalism.
Kelly has also personally experienced the loss of a son in combat, so he would be in a unique position to be able to judge the appropriateness of Trump’s comments to a Gold Star mother. To then relive Kelly’s own pain by detailing the preparation of the body and the entire ordeal that he experienced was a remarkable thing to witness. It is a shame that the general had to endure this pain due to an unscrupulous member of Congress trying to make a partisan point. Her comments should be condemned by members of both parties because it is time that we all remember that we should be Americans first, not a member of a particular political party.
I will close by paraphrasing a comment my late father made many times: “Enough is enough and too much is too much, and this is too much.”
Anthony H. Gioia