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After Controversies, Members Want Kelly to Avoid Spotlight
Sen. Graham: Having an opinion ‘doesn’t mean you have to share it’

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly speaks during a White House briefing last month. Lawmakers from both parties say he should focus on running a less chaotic White House. (Win McNamee/Getty Images file photo)

Lawmakers from both parties, concerned that John F. Kelly has too often added to the White House chaos he was hired to tamp down, want the chief of staff to revert to managing President Donald Trump’s administration far away from the television cameras.

The retired Marine Corps four-star general and former Homeland Security secretary views his new job as that of an ultimate insider, according to senior White House aides who report to him. But in recent weeks, Kelly has at times taken on a different role — combative spokesman for the president. And that has only created more heartburn for the White House and its Republican allies on Capitol Hill.

Word on the Hill: Dine With the Presidents
Cummings sends off grads, and honoring veterans

“Dads of Democracy.” (Courtesy District Winery)

This weekend, why not eat with all the presidents watching you? District Winery’s new restaurant, Ana, has unique artwork in its dining area featuring 44 presidents.

Ana is located in Navy Yard on Water Street SE.

Opinion: Did Everyone in the White House Take a Nap During History Class?
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wrong to repeat “Lost Cause” mythology

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was on the wrong side of the facts when he repeated the Confederate “Lost Cause” mythology, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In forward-looking America, history is sometimes regarded as a roadblock to progress, a nuisance. And that, as has been repeatedly proven, is a mistake.

Why look back when the future is so important? Well, because failure to do exactly that has consequences.

Wilson Returns to the Hill After White House Feud
Florida Democrat received support from constituents back home

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., admires the high school projects hanging in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel as she makes her way from the U.S. Capitol on December 13, 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson returned to the House to resume voting after a feud with the White House led to threats that prevented her from voting.

A number of lawmakers, including fellow Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, visited her office to take photos with her. 

Kelly Says He’ll ‘Never’ Apologize to Wilson
Also defends Confederate monuments in interview with Fox News

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Monday he stands by his comments about Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Monday night he won’t apologize for comments he made about Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson.

Earlier this month, Kelly criticized Wilson for divulging the details of President Donald Trump’s phone call to Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in a firefight in Niger. He also criticized Wilson for what he characterized as bragging about acquiring money for an FBI building in her district.

Threats Preventing Wilson from Voting
Florida congresswoman dealing with fallout of her criticism of Trump’s phone call to Army widow

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., has missed 19 votes between Monday and Wednesday because of death threats she has received, a source close to the congresswoman said. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Threats against Rep. Frederica Wilson are preventing her from voting in Washington. 

A source close to Wilson told the Miami Herald that she has been unable to go to Washington.

Opinion: When the Price Is Too High to Be an American
While military families grieve, Trump and Kelly disparage and disrespect

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly speaks during an Oct. 19 press briefing during which he called only on reporters who had personal connections to fallen soldiers. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

 

If I had been in that briefing room when White House Chief of Staff and retired Gen. John Kelly stated that only journalists who had a personal connection to a fallen soldier were allowed to ask a question, I could have raised my hand. But that would have cheapened the memory of a Marine, my beloved nephew, treating his life and death as currency in an unholy transaction.

Illinois Man Investigated for Threats Against Wilson
Post on Facebook shows congresswoman with caption ‘Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching.’

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., has been at the center of a dispute between the White House and the widow of a soldier killed in Niger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Chicago-area man is being investigated for threatening to lynch Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson after she became the focal point in a battle between the White House and a Gold Star family. 

Tom Keevers of suburban Des Plaines is claiming that an anonymous “meme-maker” put words in his mouth, the Chicago Tribune reported. One of his Facebook posts showed an image of Wilson with the caption “Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching. Must have own horse and saddle. Rope will be provided.”

Gold Star Families Getting Rushed Condolence Letters
The White House tried to quickly make the president’s overstatement accurate

Myeshia Johnson kisses the casket of her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, during his burial service in Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A substantial number of families who have lost military servicemembers during the Trump presidency had not been contacted as of this weekend by President Donald Trump, despite his claim to the contrary several days earlier, according to news accounts.

And some of the families that the White House did contact were reached only in recent days by apparently rushed condolence letters that were sent in some cases months after the families lost their loved ones, the reports said.

Gold Star Widow Confirms Wilson’s Account of Phone Call With Trump
Myeshia Johnson says Rep. Frederica Wilson’s account of the call is ‘100 percent correct’

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson attends the burial service for U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson in Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In her first public appearance since her husband’s death, Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson confirmed Rep. Frederica Wilson’s assertions last week about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Johnson.

[Exclusive: Pentagon Document Contradicts Trump’s Gold Star Claims]