A shocked John Kelly told Trump 'those are the heroes' after the president said having wounded veterans in a military parade 'doesn't look good,' book reveals

Former President Donald Trump and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
John Kelly once had to tell Donald Trump that wounded war veterans "are the heroes" after Trump said he didn't want to include them in a military parade.
According to an excerpt from an upcoming book by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, Kelly was shocked by Trump's request.
"I do not want her. It's not looking good for me," Trump said of including wounded veterans in the parade.
A shocked John Kelly - one of Donald Trump's former White House chiefs of staff - once had to tell Trump that wounded veterans "are the heroes" after the former president said he didn't want them to be featured in a military parade because he feared they would. d make him look bad.
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According to an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021, Trump — after attending the 2017 Bastille Day parade in Paris — said to Kelly that he didn't want injured veterans at a 2018 military parade.
"Look, I don't want any wounded in the parade," Trump said, according to the book. "This doesn't look good for me."
He noted that there were several wounded veterans at the Bastille Day parade, many of whom were in wheelchairs after losing limbs in combat.
According to the book excerpt, Kelly — a retired Marine Corps general — couldn't believe what Trump had asked.
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"These are the heroes," he said to Trump, the book says. "There's only one group of people in our society more heroic than themselves - and they're buried over in Arlington."
Kelly's son Robert was a lieutenant who died in Afghanistan and is among the veterans buried in Arlington, according to the book.
"I do not want her. It's not looking good for me," Trump said again.
Referring to the wounded veterans, Trump also said, according to a 2020 report by Atlantic, "nobody wants to see that."
Many of Trump's former team, including Kelly, have criticized the former president since they left the administration and he left the White House -- particularly Trump's actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 riots in the Capitol.
Kelly, for example, told ABC News' Jonathan Karl last year that if Trump was "a real man," he would have gone to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and told his supporters to stop the violent attack.
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