The White House on Friday stood by chief of staff John Kelly’s criticism of Rep. Frederica Wilson’s (D-Fla.) 2015 speech at an FBI building dedication, even though newly released video shows he misrepresented her remarks.
“Gen. Kelly said he was ‘stunned’ that Rep. Wilson made comments at a building dedication honoring slain FBI agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in statement.
When pressed on the issue during a Friday press briefing, Sanders accused Wilson of making “quite a few comments” outside of those captured in the speech that were witnessed by Kelly and others.
“As Gen. Kelly pointed out, if you are able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes all about yourself, you are an empty barrel,” she said.
“If you don’t understand that reference, I’ll put it a little more simply—as we say in the South, all hat no cattle.”
Kelly leveled his criticism of Wilson during a rare appearance before the press to quell a controversy surrounding…