Trump jabs at critic, calls her 'Wacky' Wilson

Sunday, 22 Oct, 2017

Four soldiers from Niger also died. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, already had a 6-year-old daughter, Ah'Leeysa, and 2-year-old son, La David Jr.

"As we say in the South, all hat, no cattle", she added, a statement that could allude to the fact that Rep. Wilson is known to wear colorful hats.

White House chief of staff John Kelly is defending President Donald Trump against accusations of insensitive outreach to a grieving military family.

"When she actually hung up the phone and she looked at me and said, 'He didn't even know his name, '" Wilson said.

But the video of Wilson's speech at the ceremony, posted by the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, shows Wilson didn't mention obtaining funding but talked about her role in a bipartisan push on short notice to win approval for the FBI's request to name the office for two special agents killed in a gun battle, and effusively praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, first responders and the military.

After one slain soldier's father accused the president of going back on a promise to send a check for $25,000, the White House said the money had been sent.

Once inside, a portrait of Johnson, 25, was displayed on stage alongside photographs of the three other USA service members who were also killed in the ambush on October 4: Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.

The reporter pressed: Would Kelly respond to reporting on his inaccurate statement?

"If you want to go after General Kelly, if you want to go after a four-star Marine General, that's highly inappropriate", she said.

"He was so offended, because he was in the room when I made the call and so were other people", said Trump, according to a transcript of the interview, set to air Sunday.

Trump said Wilson lied about what he said, saying he never used those words.

Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad! This is really not, ' " the president said.

"I asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with" Trump, Wilson told CNN. "I'm flabbergasted because it's very easy to trace".

The feud comes after Trump defended his delay in contacting the families of the four U.S. Green Berets who were killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month.

Kelly confirmed yesterday that Obama didn't call him but made it clear "that was not a criticism". The White House defines patriotism and can not be called out for a lack of it.

Frederica Wilson said Trump had told the widow that "you know that this could happen when you signed up for it. but it still hurts".

Wilson said she knew Johnson's family before the tragedy and has started a GoFundMe campaign aimed at funding scholarships for Johnson children.

The retorts persisted on Saturday morning, with Trump tweeting: "I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!"

Those at the viewing were focused on Johnson.

The video has been playing on CNN and the White House has not complained publicly. She was fabricating that, Trump said. "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".

"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!" the president wrote. Wilson told the Miami Herald on Thursday that Kelly was lying.

Kelly said Wilson delivered a 2015 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". She did mention during her speech that she had led a congressional effort to name the building after two fallen Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

"Every politically savvy person would have said, 'You can't criticize Gold Star families and have anything good come out - so just don't bother, ' " Feaver said.