The White House, including Trump, tried to cast Wilson as a liar.
Let's all take a deep breath, set aside political rancor and honor the four soldiers who died serving this country in Niger.
"So that's a lie", she said.
He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to an Air Force base in Delaware. Along with 11 other US military personnel, Johnson was attacked near the Niger-Mali border.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly pauses as he speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
Kelly's speech was a rebuke to Wilson, who was in the auto with the family of Johnson when Trump called on Tuesday. "Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned".
On Monday, Trump claimed that President Barack Obama did not make phone calls to service members' families following their deaths, though later partially walked back the comments saying, "I don't know if he did". Wilson was riding with the family of family of Sgt. Trump himself had called Rep. Wilson "wacky" in a late night tweet. Video of the speech contradicted his recollection.
The uproar over Trump and how presidents should or shouldn't try to console families of the fallen has rattled the White House and overshadowed the rest of Trump's agenda in recent days.
Kelly's criticism of Wilson, during which he referred to her as an "empty barrel", drew swift denials from the congresswoman's staff and denunciations from her supporters, who said the retired Marine Corps general was inaccurate and out of line.
"I don't believe all presidents call".
"John Kelly's trying to keep his job", Wilson told Politico Thursday.
Trump and his defenders accuse Wilson of politicizing the death of Sgt. Johnson, with some asking why the congresswoman was there with Johnson in the first place. The soldier's widow and aunt said no, it was the president who was fibbing.
In an interview Thursday with McClatchy news service, Wilson said of Kelly's charge: "That is insane that I got [the money] and Mr. Obama just gave it to me".
"Most Americans don't know what happens when we lose one of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines or Coast Guardsmen in combat", Kelly said.
A newly-surfaced video appears to disprove White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's claim that Rep. Frederica Wilson took credit in 2015 for securing funding for an Federal Bureau of Investigation building.
Sanders also used a dismissive Southwest rancher's term, calling Wilson, who often wears elaborate hats, "all hat and no cattle".
The White House is defending President Donald Trump's chief of staff after he mischaracterized previous remarks of a Democratic congresswoman who is now criticizing Trump's condolence call to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger. "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", she told The Washington Post. Johnson's aunt, who raised the soldier from a young age, said the family took that remark to be disrespectful.
Islamic militants on motorcycles brought rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing the four and wounding others after shattering the windows of unarmored USA trucks. The FBI said it is assisting, as it has in the past when American citizens are killed overseas.
But when Mr Trump indicated he wanted to do so, Mr Kelly revealed to him what General Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when Robert Kelly was killed.
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