A war of words was unleashed by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) when he said former general and current White House chief of staff John Kelly was a “disgrace to the uniform” for serving President Donald J. Trump.
Gutiérrez’s comments came after President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a veiled amnesty program for the children of illegal immigrants.
On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will be ending the DACA program, but gave Congress a 6-month lead to make a law that addresses the recipients of the program.
In a statement last week, Gutiérrez lashed out at Kelly, making unseemly allegations of hypocrisy and disgrace.
Gutiérrez said: “General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear. He 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.’ ”
On Monday, in an email to Fox News, Kelly responded to the inflammatory comments made by Gutiérrez.
Kelly reportedly wrote:
“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. 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.’
“The congressman has a right to his opinion.”
Approximately 800,000 people are recipients of DACA, but no new applications for the program will be accepted following Sessions announcement last week.
Trump has suggested he may revisit his decision to end DACA if Congress fails to pass legislation on the matter before it’s completely phased out.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, former chief strategist and current Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon suggested he was in disagreement with Trump’s decision to leave Congress with a six month window to help DACA recipients. Bannon said the DACA issue would be a “civil war within the GOP,” and he fears the Republican Party could take a hit in the election as a result.
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