Trump Dumps on 'Wacky Congresswoman Wilson'; Kelly Calls Her 'Empty Barrel'; Wilson Fires Back

By Susan Jones | October 20, 2017 | 6:10am EDT
President Trump stands with his now-Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

( - Hours after Chief of Staff John Kelly's emotional defense of President Trump in the White House briefing room, Trump sent out the following tweet:

"The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!" Trump wrote Thursday night.

The running feud between Trump and Wilson over Trump's condolence call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson continues into Friday, as Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) appeared on CNN's morning news show to react to Kelly calling her an "empty barrel."

In his remarks to reporters on Thursday, Kelly said, "It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in" on President Trump's conversation with Johnson's widow. "Absolutely stuns me," he repeated. He called Wilson's behavior "selfish." And he also called her an "empty barrel."

That comment came at the end of his remarks as Kelly noted that in April 2015, when he was still on active duty, "I went to the dedication of the new FBI field office in Miami. And it was dedicated to two men who were killed in a firefight in Miami against drug traffickers in 1986 by the name of Grogan and Duke," he said:


So, we go down. Jim Comey gave an absolutely brilliant memorial speech to those fallen men and the -- and to all of the men and women of the FBI who serve our country so well and law enforcement so well.

There were family members there. Some of the children that were there were only 3 or 4 years old when their dads were killed on that street in Miami-Dade. Three of the men that survived the fight were there and gave a rendition of how brave those men were and how they gave their lives.

And a congresswoman [Wilson] 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.

And we were stunned, stunned that she'd done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.

But, you know, none of us went to the press and criticized. None of us stood up and were appalled. We just said, OK, fine.

So, I still hope, as you write your stories, and I appeal to America, that let's not let this maybe last thing that is held sacred in our society, a young man, a young woman going out and giving his or her life for our country, let's try to somehow keep that sacred.

But it eroded a great deal yesterday by the selfish behavior of a member of Congress.

As reported, Wilson told CNN on Friday that Kelly "needs to stop telling lies on me," and she accused him of describing her with "a racist term" when he likened her to an "empty barrel."

"I heard his remarks and I heard him say that I bragged that I secured the money for the building...And that's a lie,," Wilson told CNN. "You know, I feel sorry for General Kelly, he has my sympathy for the loss of his son, but he can't just go on TV and lie on me. I was not even in Congress in 2009 when the money for the building was secured. So that's a lie. How dare he! However, I named the building at the behest of Director Comey, with the help of Speaker Boehner...So he didn't tell the truth, and he needs to stop telling lies on me."

Asked about Kelly saying "empty barrels make the most noise," Wilson said, "That's a racist term. I'm thinking about that when we looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel. And I don't like to be dragged into something like that.

"The only thing I want to be dragged into right now is 'bring back our girls,' who are the victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria." Wilson said she's been fighting for the freedom of the kidnapped Nigerians for four years.

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