The narrative that President Trump is just some cold-blooded sociopath got another peddler this week when former President Bush’s ethics chief declared Trump a man of “no empathy” because he allegely mishandled of phone calls to families of fallen soldiers.
Speaking with CNN on Wednesday, former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter said that Trump has “no empathy” based on remarks he made regarding the death of his Chief of Staff John Kelly’s son.
“He has no empathy, no understanding of the human emotions of what people go through because he never did it himself; he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was,” Painter said. “What he’s done to Gen. Kelly is atrocious.”
The “atrocious” remark that Painter was referring to occurred during an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade when Trump was asked to clarify previous statements criticizing President Obama for not calling families of fallen soldiers.
“You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?” Trump said in reference to the death of Kelly’s son.