Remember when Rep. Luis Gutierrez called retired General John Kelly “a disgrace to his uniform?” Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, just retaliated with the prominent House Democrat. The Gold Star father and retired Marine Corps general’s first public comment on the very personal attack came in an email to Fox News late Sunday. Gutierrez made the attacks in reference to President Trump’s decision to end the controversial DACA program. Kelly said in response that Congress did “nothing” to help the so-called Dreamers when they had the chance.
“As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of Congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars, but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them. As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’”
He concluded, “The congressman has a right to his opinion.”
In a statement made last Tuesday, Rep. Gutierrez said Kelly “has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the President’s actions by ‘just following orders.’”
Kelly had advised the president to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay before it ended. Both Democrats and Republicans have questioned the legality of this Obama-era program created by executive order. The Conservative voices maintain that former President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority and did an end run around Congress. Even Diane Feinstein conceded that the program was on shaky legal ground and urged Congress to “pass a law.”
Kelly is not getting his hopes up for a Congressional move, even though Trump has urged Congress to come up with a legislative solution.
“Every DOJ and DHS lawyer says DACA is unconstitutional. Every other legal scholar – right and left – says the same thing. Trump didn’t end DACA, the law did. That said, I worked and succeeded to give the Congress another six months to do something. I am not confident,” he said.
Kelly had previously worked with lawmakers when he served as secretary of Homeland Security. “During my time at DHS – from 20 Jan until this moment – I have met with hundreds of members on both sides of the hill … My [message] always was ‘I have bought you time to do something on DACA.’ I begged and pleaded with them. They did exactly nothing.”
So what do you think about Kelly’s response?
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