Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, in the midst of a public feud with the Trump administration over the treatment of a Gold Star family, said the “White House itself is full of white supremacists.”
In an interview with The New York Times on Friday, Wilson pushed back against comments made by White House chief of staff John Kelly during a Thursday press briefing in which he criticized Wilson’s involvement in a personal call President Trump made to the family of fallen Army Sgt. La David Johnson.
Johnson was one of four Americans killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. In the call, the president told Johnson’s widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for,” Wilson claimed. But Trump said that Wilson “totally fabricated” what he told Myeshia Johnson, the soldier’s widow.
Wilson said she feels “very sorry” for White House chief of staff John Kelly after Kelly accused her of using a speech during a 2015 dedication of a new FBI building to take credit for securing the building’s funding.
“I feel very sorry for him because he feels such a need to lie on me and I’m not even his enemy,” Wilson told the newspaper. “I just can’t even imagine why he would fabricate something like that. That is absolutely insane. I’m just flabbergasted because it’s very easy to trace.”
Kelly called Wilson an “empty barrel” on Thursday in a rare appearance in the White House briefing room and criticized her for her speech at the 2015 event.
But video released Friday appears to show that Kelly was incorrect in his remarks about Wilson.