Congresswoman Frederica Wilson says John Kelly lied about her behavior at the dedication of an FBI building in her state and made a ‘racist’ charge against her in the process.
Wilson says she wasn’t a Member of Congress when the money for the building was secured, so she couldn’t have ‘bragged’ about bringing home the bacon like Kelly said she did.
‘You know, I feel sorry for Gen. Kelly. He has the sympathy for the loss of his son. But he can’t just go on TV and lie on me,’ Wilson said Friday on CNN.
The Florida Democrat also accused Kelly of using a ‘racist’ epithet against her during a White House news conference on Thursday afternoon, where he compared her to an ’empty barrel.’
Wilson said that after looking it up in the dictionary, she had concluded that ’empty barrel’ is a ‘racist term.’
The White House chief of staff and the Florida congresswoman are wrapped up in a mushrooming dispute over the president’s condolence call earlier this week to a soldier’s family that Wilson says was inappropriate.
Wilson says that Trump told Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s pregnant widow Myeshia that her late husband ‘knew what he signed up for’ when he enlisted but ‘when it happens it hurts anyway.’
Her account of the call, which she says she just happened to be present for, has been backed up publicly by other officials and family members who were present.
Kelly, a retired general whose own son died in combat, was in the room with Trump when the president called the grieving family on Tuesday. He suggested yesterday that Trump spoke the words in question to the Johnsons – it’s the sentiment behind the statement that’s being misconstrued.
Denouncing Wilson as ‘selfish’ in an emotional statement for listening in on the presidential condolence call in the first place, Kelly smacked the Florida lawmaker for her conduct a 2015 memorial service for two slain FBI agents in Miami-Dade.
‘And a congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there and all of that and 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,’ Kelly said.
‘And she sat down, and we were stunned. Stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned,’ he added.
Kelly – himself a Gold Star parent following his son’s 2010 death in Afghanistan – delivered the stunning statement from the White House briefing room.
He appeared on camera to provide testimony about the mechanics of how the military transfers the remains of the fallen and of how he learned his own son had been killed in action. Kelly also said that he looked gloweringly on Wilson’s behavior now and at the FBI ceremony.
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Source: Daily Mail