Johnson and three other USA special forces were killed by Islamic State-linked militants earlier this month in an incident near the Niger-Mali border that has raised questions about the quality of US intelligence.
Sanders repeated a misleading statement regarding Kelly's remarks in the press briefing Friday.
Kelly said he explained to Trump beforehand how he had learned about his son's death and what the officer said to him.
John Kelly said she stunned the audience at the sombre ceremony by recounting how she had been the driving force behind raising money for the building, the FBI's South Florida headquarters. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1 percent. "And when he died - the four cases we're talking about in Niger and my son's case in Afghanistan - when he died, he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends.' That's what the president tried to say to the four families the other day". Bryan Black, Dustin Wright, and Jeremiah Johnson were the courageous soldiers who died in the Islamic State ambush in Niger.
"He said to me, 'What do I say?' 'I said to him, 'Sir, there's nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families, '" he said.
In a stunning move, Kelly defended Donald Trump's remarks to the widow of a fallen soldier Tuesday, during which the president reportedly told the mother of two her husband "knew what he was getting into" when he joined the military. Wilson says she overheard some of the president's words via speakerphone and swears she heard him insensitively say that Johnson "knew what he signed up for".
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"Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)". There's no reason to enlist.
What proof? Kelly listened to Trump's end of the conversation, the White House said. Grogan nearly retired, 53 years old; Duke, I think less than a year on the job. She said they were headed to Miami International Airport for the arrival of the soldier's remains. "I went over there for an hour and a half, walked among the stones - some of whom I put there because they were doing what I told them to do when they were killed".
Kelly also falsely claimed that Wilson said she "took care of her constituents" and "just called up President Obama" to earn his support for the legislation, neither of which Wilson mentioned in her speech. So did other people in the White House.
"There was a lot of grandstanding and he was stunned that she'd taken the opportunity to make it about herself", Sanders said Friday, doubling down on the claim.