Brian Thomas reports that Frederica Wilson is lashing back over comments made in defense of President Trump at a White House press briefing.
Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson recently claimed that during a private phone call, President Trump told the widow of Army Sgt. La David that he “knew what he signed up for…but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
Sgt. La David was killed during an ambush in Niger on October fourth.
Voting records show that Wilson, despite her attack on Trump’s phone call, repeatedly votes against bills that intend to help veterans and their families.
President Trump says Wilson “totally fabricated” his phone conversation.
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Wilson said that the President was “So insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”
During a Thursday press briefing, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly lashed back at Wilson’s publicizing Trump’s phone conversation. He says Wilson should not have listened in on the private conversation.
Fox News reports:
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday he was “stunned” and “brokenhearted” after a condolence call President Trump made to the widow of a slain soldier turned into a public and political spectacle pitting the administration against a Democratic lawmaker.
In a rare and emotional moment from the White House briefing room podium, Kelly condemned Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., for listening to that phone call and then criticizing the president’s tone in the press.
“I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning and broken-hearted, at what I saw a member of Congress doing — a member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the president” to the widow, Kelly told reporters.
“It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation, absolutely stuns me. … I thought at least that was sacred,” he said, blasting what he called Wilson’s “selfish behavior.”
Kelly, whose son Second Lt. Robert Kelly was killed in battle in Afghanistan in 2010, said he was so shocked by the escalation of events that he went to Arlington National Cemetery to take a walk.
According to Fox News, Kelly also attacked Wilson for taking credit in a recent interview for getting legislation passed for naming a building after fallen heroes, after earlier claims that she had little involvement.
Wilson, meanwhile, is surprised that her actions resulted a response from the White House.
From Fox News:
He said Wilson “talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the $20 million, to build the building, and she sat down.”
“And we were stunned, stunned that she’d done it,” Kelly said of Wilson’s remarks during the event. “Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.”
But video of that event, released on Friday, showed that Wilson did not actually talk about the building’s funding, but instead spoke of her own efforts getting legislation passed that named the building after the fallen agents it was dedicated for.
“You mean to tell me,” Wilson said in an interview aired on Fox, “that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words? This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now.”
Wilson seems to think it’s surprising that her attack on Trump’s private conversation with the widow of a fallen soldier have merited a response.
No, the White House isn’t “following” the congresswoman, but they did respond to her attack on the President over comments made in a private interview.
Wilson was so angered by Kelly’s response that she lashed back at the White House, claiming it is “full of white supremacists.”
Kelly’s emotional response at the White House press briefing is understandable. He lost his son to war seven years ago.
Fox News continues:
“I feel very sorry for him because he feels such a need to lie on me and I’m not even his enemy,” Wilson said of Kelly, according to The Times. “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.”
Wilson didn’t label Kelly a racist in the piece but did claim that others in the White House are.
“They are making themselves look like fools. They have no credibility,” she said. “They are trying to assassinate my character, and they are assassinating their own because everything they say is coming out and shown to be a lie.”
The White House didn’t back down from Kelly’s comments during a Friday afternoon press briefing. Kelly, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “absolutely” stands by his criticism.
“As Gen. Kelly pointed out, if you’re able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes all about yourself, you’re an empty barrel,” Sanders said. “If you don’t understand that reference, I will put it a little bit more simply. As we say in the South: ‘all hat, no cattle.’”
Kelly, the “rockstar” certainly has mad this all about her.
Is she “all hat, no cattle?”
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