White House: Kelly needn't apologize to Florida Rep. Wilson
Oct. 24, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says chief of staff John Kelly doesn't need to apologize to Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson.
Wilson had accused President Donald Trump of being insensitive during a telephone conversation last week with the widow of a U.S. service member killed in Niger.
Kelly defended Trump and criticized Wilson, accusing the Democrat of taking credit during a 2015 speech for getting federal funding for an FBI field office in Florida.
Video of the speech contradicts Kelly's recollection. Female members of the Congressional Black Caucus called on Kelly to apologize to Wilson.
Sanders — questioned about the matter at a forum Monday with White House reporters — says she didn't think Kelly was wrong "and therefore I don't think he should offer an apology."