"White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly on Thursday erroneously claimed that Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, claimed credit for securing "$20 million" in federal funding to build a new FBI field office in Miami in 2015, according to a video of the dedication ceremony posted Friday by the Sun Sentinel.
In the speech, Wilson describes how she and congressional leaders worked together to pass legislation to name the Federal Bureau of Investigation building, after the starting the process just four weeks prior to the dedication ceremony at the agency's request.
Kelly launched a highly specific attack on Wilson without mentioning her by name during a 20 minute speech at the White House on Thursday, accusing the Miami Gardens Democrat of politicizing the death of a soldier and taking undue credit for the Federal Bureau of Investigation building during a solemn ceremony.
During Thursday's White House daily press briefing, Sarah Sanders read Kroger's letter out loud and extended a personal invitation for her and her mom to visit the White House and enjoy a personal tour. Documents suggest that the money for the project was allocated by Congress before Wilson arrived in Congress in 2011. Before making that phone call he sought guidance from his Chief of Staff General John Kelly. "But I don't know if that was on the minds of Agents Grogan and Dove as they left their homes on April 11, 1986". Kelly said Trump expressed his condolences in that call "the best way that he could".
Trump responded by saying Wilson made up the call.
Please note: This is a commentary piece. La David Johnson that he "knew what he signed up for". 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. Johnson was among four servicemen killed in Niger earlier this month. The contrast gives us a chance to see just how much the White House Chief of Staff's perception of reality, like that of his boss, seems to be distorted by a free floating and wide-ranging resentment at how modern American society has changed from the imagined paradise they grew up in in the 1950s.
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Yesterday, Mr Kelly addressed the flurry of controversy.
Postscript: The follow-up question I'd love Sarah Huckabee Sanders to consider is this: if it's "highly inappropriate" to rebuke USA generals, can the White House explain the disparaging remarks Trump has made about US generals?
Kelly, whose frustration with the distractions created by Trump on other subjects led him to deny last week that he was considering quitting, also bemoaned how the nation no longer held things sacred, from life to religion to women. But moments later, he called Wilson's questioning of Trump "rude".
Sanders said Wilson made the comments referenced by Kelly and it was "witnessed by many people that were there".
Following Trump's inauguration as the 45th USA president, UK Prime Minister Theresa May invited him to travel to the island nation during her state visit to Washington DC in late January. "You get the question", he said pointing to a man who indicated he did. I didn't say that.
"The Fake News is going insane with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!" he tweeted.