'He Was Wrong': Reporter Confronts Sanders on Gen. Kelly's Criticism of Wilson

"A congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in 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, and she sat down", Kelly said Thursday.

Watch Kelly's remarks for yourself in the video below, and tell me what you think.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended White House chief of staff John Kelly Friday after he made erroneous claims about a Democratic congresswoman the day before.

Wilson incited controversy Wednesday when she accused President Donald Trump of disrespecting the widow of a soldier who was recently killed in Niger by saying that her husband "knew what he was getting into".

"I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and brokenhearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing", Kelly said.

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Wilson has denounced the president's remarks in the press, calling them insensitive.

Accusing her of being an "empty barrel", Kelly said Wilson focused more on her own actions than the heroism of the two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents for whom the new building had been named.

"It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation".

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. "He knew what the possibilities were because we're at war". In response, Kelly told him what General Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when Robert Kelly was killed.

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. Mark Hunter, the father, said the call never came.

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But Trump wanted to make the calls, and asked Kelly for advice on what to say.

"I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me", he said.

"What the hell is my son doing back in the fight?"

In his remarks, Kelly blasted Wilson for listening to a "sacred" call between the president and the widow of a fallen soldier.

After his dramatic opening statement, Kelly then took questions from reporters, asking first if any of them were Gold Star parents or siblings, meaning relatives of slain service members.

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Kelly said he explained to Trump beforehand how he had learned about his son's death and what the officer said to him. Of those families who agreed to speak, about nine said they had contact with the president while nine others said they had not.


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