Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Retired general slams US Rep. Wilson's claim

Retired general slams US Rep. Wilson's claim

Trump, in the interview, also dismissed Wilson's suggestion that Kelly, whose son was killed in Afghanistan, was forced to make public statements to keep his job, amid rumors Trump is unhappy with Kelly's job performance. La David Johnson, that her husband knew "this could happen when (he) signed up for it". La David Johnson's widow.

Trump, meanwhile, has publicly rebuffed Wilson's claims that he was disrespectful during the call, which came after he boasted that he makes a point of calling fallen service members' families and wondered aloud if President Obama called Kelly after his son was killed in combat. Wilson said she, members of Johnson's family and others heard parts of the conversation on speaker phone.

Video of the Federal Bureau of Investigation office dedication in Miami, from the archives of South Florida's Sun-Sentinel, shows that Wilson never mentioned the building's funding, though she did recount at length her efforts to help name the building in honor of the special agents. About 1,200 people would soon pour in to pay their respects to Johnson, who was killed in action in West Africa on October 4. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Kelly was stunned that the Democratic congresswoman talked about "her own actions in Congress" at the event, glossing over Kelly's erroneous claim that Wilson had bragged about raising the money.

"When she made that statement, I thought it was sickening, actually", Trump said.

On Thursday, flush with fury, Kelly spoke about the building dedication and more as he challenged Wilson's criticisms of Trump's behavior on the phone with Myeshia Johnson. He said he was incensed that Wilson revealed details of what he deemed to be a "sacred" conversation. This is really not, ' " the president said.

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Kelly said that an empty barrel makes the most noise, and he called Wilson an "empty barrel". "But I believe they all write". "I'm flabbergasted because it's very easy to trace".

The president waited 12 days to comment on the soldiers' deaths before being asked about his silence at a Rose Garden news conference Monday.

She said she was riding in a auto with the 24-year-old widow, Myeshia Johnson, and other family members when the call came in. Kelly, who joined the White House to restore internal order, has increasingly become a public figure himself, employed to project calm and reassurance in times of crisis.

The biggest takeaway from the briefing was Kelly using his time to attack Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who has been especially critical of Donald Trump for the remarks he made to Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow of U.S. Army Sgt. Sanders said she saw the speech and does not think it disproves anything Kelly said.

Lara Trump, who works for Trump's re-election campaign and is the wife of Trump's eldest son Eric, seemed certain that she had read a transcript, although she did not say where or when she read it. Trump has criticized Wilson for listening to and criticizing his condolence call to the family of Sgt.

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Those at the viewing were focused on Johnson.

At the White House, Sanders accused reporters of fanning the flames of a sensational story. "I haven't spoken directly to her". "But it didn't. It's still the bulk of the coverage on most every TV you turn on and most every newspaper that you open up today". Kelly's account of the call doesn't even square with Trump's. Wilson told the Miami Herald on Thursday that Kelly was lying.

John Kelly on Thursday criticized Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida as an "empty barrel", claiming she'd delivered a speech at an Federal Bureau of Investigation field office dedication in which she "talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building".

Wilson denied making such remarks. Instead, she spoke about pushing fast-track legislation to name the building after two slain Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

She did, though, spend up to three minutes talking about an effort she did lead - to have the building named after the special agents, Ben Grogan and Jerry Dove, who were killed in a 1986 gun battle in Miami. Shocked that his family's loss was now a political football? "If they criticize you, just take it".

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