Four-star feud between White House, congresswoman

ABC News' Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz recaps this week in politics.
3:01 | 10/22/17

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Good morning and as we come on the air this week course seen success in one war with the defeat of ice has been rocket Syria. Preparations for what may be the war ahead. You see if there on the deck of the USS Reagan during an American -- forced this week in the waters off Korea. And an emotional war of words here at home sparked by debate over president trumps phone calls to families of the fallen. And to one widow in particular the wife of the green beret killed any share earlier this month. On Tuesday truck called the family of that fallen soldier Sargent live David Johnson. But a longtime family friend democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson was also listening it and said the family was not comforted by the president's words. By Thursday chief of staff John Kelly was in the briefing room defending the president. Kelly's words were raw and emotional and personal as he spoke about the loss of his own son in Afghanistan in 2010. Let me tell you of my best friend. Joseph done for told me. She was my casualty officer. You sit kell. He was doing. Exactly. What he wanted to do. When he was killed. He knew he was getting into. Quite join in the mirror that 1%. You know what the possibilities for. Because we're at war. If general Kelley it stopped there this debate would likely be over. As a nation we almost certainly could have agreed to make those painfully intimate words the last words. Instead using the language of a political operative Kelli then attacked that Florida congresswoman who had criticized the president. Accusing her of being disrespectful. At a 2015 building dedication to fallen FBI agent. That's. The congresswoman. Stood up. In the long tradition. Of empty barrels making the most noise stood up there and all of that. And talked about. How she was instrumental in getting me. Funding for that building and she just called up President Obama and on that phone call he gave the money to twenty million dollars to build a building she sat down. The problem with that account it just wasn't true as video from the 2015 event shows Wilson. Using most of her remarks to pay tribute to the folic. But instead of apologizing instead of correcting the record but White House double down. If you want to get into a debate where the four star marine general I think that that's. So I do highly inappropriate. Sanders later said anyone can be questioned but air defense didn't sit well even among some of Trump's allies. The White House prisoners exclusive. We'll bring it to get into the debate with the forces are general you remove them. America. But this did happen in America.

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