At yesterday’s White House press briefing, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly excoriated Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) for politicizing President Donald Trump’s phone call with a Gold Star widow. He also slammed her for a speech she made at the FBI in 2015, claiming she bragged about how she had gotten money for the agency while paying tribute to two deceased agents.
During today’s briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was confronted over the release of a video of Wilson’s FBI speech that contradicts Kelly’s comments. When pressed on the fact that Wilson didn’t boast about funding during the speech, Sanders stated that the White House stands by Kelly’s remarks:
“Absolutely, General Kelly was stunned that Representative Wilson made comments at a building dedication honoring slain FBI agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation,” she responded. “As he pointed out, if you’re able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes all about yourself, you’re an empty barrel. Or…as we say in the South, all hat, no cattle.”
She was then grilled on whether she had actually seen the speech. After she said she had, Sanders was told she should know that most of it was about Wilson praising the FBI and its agents and not about any funding. The press secretary stood by Kelly’s comments, saying that it was true she was “grandstanding” and that there were other comments she made that weren’t in the speech or video.
Eventually, one reporter wanted to know if Kelly would come back out to answer questions about this, leading Sanders to say he already on Thursday.
“He was wrong yesterday!” the reporter exclaimed.
“If you want to go after General Kelly, that’s up to you,” Sanders shot back. “If you want to get into a debate with the four-star Marine general, I think that’s something highly inappropriate. Go ahead.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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