Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) is going toe to toe with former General and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. She wants an apology for “character assassination.” On Sunday morning the President tweeted:
“Not only does he owe me an apology, but he owes an apology to the American people,” Wilson said during an appearance Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” Wilson wasn’t done when she asked for an apology from Kelly, she also said that he was a “puppet of the president.”
The Florida Democrat spoke of the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger as a “catastrophe.” Wilson said, “We had four soldiers who died. They have been buried,” she said. “And we need to know why, and we need to know about the special circumstances surrounding [U.S. Army Sgt.] La David Johnson.”
Wilson’s aggressive comments came in the midst of an ongoing feud with President Trump. Last week, she reported that she overheard a private conversation between Trump and Sgt. Johnson’s widow. She said that Trump told the widow that Johnson “knew what he was getting into.” The president denied Wilson’s claim and took to Twitter to criticize the representative as “wacky” and “gift that keeps on giving” for the GOP.
John Kelly responded to Wilson’s criticism with a heartfelt press conference in which he railed against the Florida congresswoman for sharing the contents of the call. He said that he was “stunned” that a member of Congress “would have listened in on that conversation.”
Kelly said, ”I would have thought that was sacred.”
The White House Chief of Staff called Wilson an “empty barrel,” and said that she showed her true colors when she took credit for securing “$20 million” in funding for the FBI field office in Miami.
“A congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building,” he said.
“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.”
Wilson called Kelly’s accusations “crazy” and said the building “was funded long before I got to Congress.”
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Credit: The Hill