Reporters Battle Sarah Sanders Over Kelly-Wilson Feud: 'He Was Wrong Yesterday!'

Cheryl Sanders
October 23, 2017

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., talks to reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. La David T. Johnson, one of four Americans to die in an attack in Niger. "I did not say what she said". The soldier's remains are once again packed in ice and flown to Dover Air Force Base. "These are people that I have known since they were little children". There were about a dozen US troops and a company of Niger forces, for a total of about 40 service members in the joint mission.

Wilson responded moments after Kelly's appearance at the press briefing concluded. Wilson was in a vehicle with the widow and Johnson's mother going to the airport for the arrival of Johnson's body, and the call was placed on speakerphone.

Trump's broadside came a day after the White House defended chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized Wilson's remarks and called her an "empty barrel" making noise. "If you want to get in a debate with a four-star Marine General, I think that's highly inappropriate", said Sanders. La David Johnson said that she felt disrespected by the president. Wilson was riding with the family of family of Sgt. "She has nothing else to add but stands by the statement issued last night".

His tweet came hours before mourners were to attend Johnson's funeral in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"Absolutely, General Kelly was stunned that Representative Wilson made comments at a building dedication honoring slain Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation", she responded. Video of the speech contradicted his recollection.

But when Trump called the widow of Sgt.


The general criticized Wilson for her role in the controversy and said that it "absolutely stuns" him that a member of Congress would not only listen in on the call between the president and Johnson's wife, Myeshia, but that she would politicize the situation in television interviews afterward.

Kelly, whose son, 1st Lt. Robert M. Kelly, was killed in action in 2010, described the process of alerting a fallen service member's family about their death and transporting their body back to the United States.

"John Kelly's trying to keep his job", Wilson told Politico Thursday. He said the respect given to Gold Star families "left in the convention over the summer", an apparent reference to the bitter election exchanges between the Trump campaign and a family whose military son had been killed. The soldier's widow and aunt said no, it was the president who was fibbing.

Wilson said Kelly's comment was a fabrication, that she wasn't even elected to Congress when the funding for the building was approved. "It stuns me", said Kelly.

Plenty of Trump staffers have doubled down on more egregious falsehoods (beleaguered former Press Secretary Sean Spicer comes to mind), but to hear the claims coming from the sterling four-star general was a departure.

A newly-surfaced video appears to disprove White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's claim that Rep. Frederica Wilson took credit in 2015 for securing funding for an Federal Bureau of Investigation building. She also used a dismissive Southwest rancher's term, calling Wilson, who often wears elaborate hats, " all hat and no cattle".


"Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little", Wilson said.

Trump has said he reaches out to all families of those who died in military service, but some relatives of the fallen do not support his claim.

Islamic militants on motorcycles brought rocket- propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing the four and wounding others. The FBI said it is assisting, as it has in the past when American citizens are killed overseas. If they did, they were entitled to ask him a question.

Lemire reported from NY.

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