Gen. Kelly Refuses Flag Pin: ‘I Am An American Flag’

Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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A Republican operative revealed the awesome reason General John Kelly will not wear an American flag pin on the lapel of his suits.

According to Blain Rethmeier, he offered Gen. Kelly a flag pin to wear on his lapel during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of homeland security.

However, Gen. Kelly apparently denied the pin, telling Rethmeier, “I am an American flag.”

“He looked at me and said, ‘Blain, I am an American flag,'” Rethmeier recalled.

Since his confirmation hearing for secretary of homeland security, Gen. John Kelly has replaced Reince Priebus as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Kelly previously served in the United States Marine Corps for 45 years, most recently as the commander for the United States Southern Command.

“One day, you’ll get out of the Marine Corps, you’ll put your uniform up, but you’ll never not be a Marine,” Kelly said after retiring from the USMC in 2016.

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