WASHINGTON – Video of a Speech by Representative Frederica S Wilson Friday, that John F. Kelly, Chief of Staff of the White House, distorted his remarks when he accused her of boasting of having secured $ 20 million for a FBI of South Florida building and twisting the arm of President Barack Obama
Mr. Kelly, escalating a quarrel between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Wilson, threw the congressman Thursday as an opportunist of advertising research . However, the video, published by The Sun Sentinel, a South Florida newspaper, showed that during her nine-minute speech, Mrs. Wilson never had the credit to get money for the building , only to help pass the law
She never mentioned having pleaded with Mr. Obama, and she acknowledged the help of several Republicans, including John A. Boehner, then the Speaker of the House; Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo; and Senator Marco Rubio.
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Mrs. Wilson, in an interview Friday, called Mr. Kelly a liar and hinted that the altercation, sparked by a call from President Trump to the widow of a fallen black soldier, was racially charged.
"I'm really sorry for him because he feels such a need to lie to me and I'm not even his enemy," said Wilson. Mr. Kelly. "I can not even imagine why he was making something like this … It 's absolutely crazy, I' m just stunned because it 's very easy to trace."
Although # 39 she did not accuse Mr. Kelly, a retired general, of racial animosity, she said that other people in the White House were racially biased.
"They pretend to be fools. They have no credibility, "she said." They are trying to murder my character, and they are murdering theirs because everything they say goes out and turns out to be a lie. "
But Mr. Trump and his main assistants remained provocative on Friday, even after the video was released. In an interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network, Mr. Trump said he found Kelly's criticism of Mr. Kelly's "disgusting." The president called his chief of staff "a very elegant man" and added that Mr. Kelly a sturdy and sturdy four-star Marine. "
Mr. Kelly, said Mr. Trump, was offended that Mrs. Wilson made known what the president called "very beautiful" appeal to the widow of a soldier killed in action in Niger .
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House The Secretary General of the Press said that Mr. Kelly was "absolutely" in agreement with his remarks on Thursday.
"General Kelly said that he was" stunned "that Wilson's representative made comments on a memorial. Agents about his own actions in Congress, Former President Obama on legislation, "said Sanders in a statement. "As General Kelly pointed out, if you are able to do a sacred act like honoring the American heroes of yourself, you are an empty barrel."
Mrs. Sanders stepped up the message a few hours later: "As they say in the South: the whole hat, no cattle," she said. Mrs. Wilson is known on the Capitol and in South Florida for her multicolored hats
. Sanders also told a reporter who questioned Mr. Kelly's veracity that "if you want to get into a debate with a four-star marine general, I think it's something very inappropriate."
turned into the inflammatory question of the race. Ms. Wilson is African American, as is Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. The David T. Johnson, one of four American soldiers killed on October 4 in Niger
People in Mrs. Wilson's District in South Florida and some members of the Black Caucus of Congress get Ms Wilson's accusations are echoed. noted that Mr. Trump attacks people of all races.
Clifford W. Jordan, 60-year-old general manager of a nursing company in the same building as the Wilson Miami Wilson office, said that Congress critics
"There is all this noise around the black man who died in Niger – no one even talks about the others – and now they are attacking this congressman," said Jordan, whose Father died in the 1960s while serving as sergeant in the air force.
"It's almost as if General Kelly was telling the member:" You do not know your place, you're not supposed to criticize the president, "said Mr. Jordan , ho is black Stacey Plaskett, a Democratic delegate and the Virgin Islands in Congress, said she was particularly offended that Mr. Trump did not seem to know the name of Sergeant Johnson
"He continually called this fallen soldier" your guy "to his wife. It was his wife, "she said." It was almost like he did not believe we had husbands and women like blacks. And that I find very disturbing, that it would not give him the respect to call her husband her husband. "
" I think he defies anyone who pursues and corrects him, whether he is black or white or man or woman, "she continued. "I think the attack is harder when she is a woman of color."
Representative Karen Bass, California Democrat, said that it was not surprising to see people attacking Sergeant Johnson's widow in social media. . "He gave a license to that," said President Trump's Bass. "He promoted it, he stirred it, he encouraged it."
The question exploded this week when Ms. Wilson publicly stated that in a call for condolences to Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Trump had said that Sergeant Johnson "knew what he was signing."
Trump categorically stated that Ms. Wilson's account had been invented, but Thursday, when M Kelly defended the president, he did not reject his account.
He instead accused her of turning Sergeant Johnson's death into a political affair. The congressman had known Sergeant Johnson and his family for years, from the time when, in elementary school, he joined a mentorship program that she had started. She was in the limousine with Mrs. Johnson and her two children, waiting for Sergeant Johnson's body at the Miami International Airport, when the president's call arrived by a loudspeaker.
Although he did not use his name, stated that he and the congressman were at the 2015 ceremony for a new Miami FBI building that was named the ### After Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove, the officers who were killed in a 1986 shootout. Mr. Kelly said that Ms. Wilson had taken the credit for getting funding for the building.
"And we were stunned – stunned that she had done," Kelly said. "Even for someone who's been empty, we were stunned."
Mr. Trump's assistants – many of whom tore up during Kelly's remarks on Thursday, seeing them as an emotional defense of the president – were angry on Friday as the controversy continued.
"That should have ended yesterday after General Kelly's comments, but this is not the case.He continued," said Sanders. "He thought it was important that people have a complete and accurate picture of what was going on."
If that was his goal, Mr. Kelly failed. His memory of the appearance of Mrs. Wilson at the dedication of the F.B.I.
At the April 2015 dedication ceremony for the building that houses the FBI's operations in South Florida, Ms. Wilson spoke about how quickly she was able to get a bill in through the typically slow and bureaucratic Congress.
"It's a miracle, it's the least we can say," Ms. Wilson said of the quick legislative action. "Most men and women in the law enforcement are leaving their homes to work, knowing that it's possible they will not come back," she said.