"White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, criticizing Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, misrepresented a 2015 speech she made at the opening of a new FBI building, an exclusive South Florida Sun Sentinel video of her speech shows.
Kelly made the comments at the White House Thursday while discussing President Donald Trump’s conversations with the families of four soldiers killed in an Ambush in Niger earlier this month.
Kelly criticized Wilson for listening in on the conversation between Trump and the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. Wilson was in a car with the widow and Johnson’s mother going to the airport for the arrival of Johnson’s body, and the call was placed on speakerphone.
Kelly then continued his criticism of Wilson, mentioning the 2015 dedication of the Miramar FBI building, saying she focused in her speech that she ‘got the money’ for the building.
Frederica Wilson said Friday that she was pleased that there's video from the Sun Sentinel showing John Kelly's accusation against her isn't true. Wilson said Kelly’s comment was a fabrication, that she wasn’t even elected to Congress when the funding for the building was approved. A Sun Sentinel video of the event supports Wilson’s version of the events.
Wilson did take credit for securing approval of the naming of the building just days before the dedication for two slain FBI agents."