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AP FACT CHECK: Kelly distorts tale in slamming congresswoman

October 20, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s chief of staff made scathing comments about Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, accusing her grandstanding at a building dedication in the memory of two fallen FBI agents.

But an AP Fact Check finds that John Kelly misrepresented what happened at that event. Kelly says Wilson bragged about securing money for the building. A video of her remarks in 2015 shows she did not make that claim at all. Instead, she talked about her efforts to name the building after the agents.

Kelly spoke about the episode Thursday when he challenged Wilson’s criticisms of Trump’s behavior on the phone with a war widow this week.

On Friday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel released video of Wilson’s remarks in 2015, and the video rebuts with Kelly’s claims.

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