The Latest: Trump jabs at critic, calls her ‘Wacky’ Wilson

October 21, 2017

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., talks to reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Wilson is standing by her statement that President Donald Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson killed in an ambush in Niger, that her husband "knew what he signed up for." In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson's description of the call was "fabricated." (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over White House condolence calls to military families (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump doesn’t seem ready to put to rest his tussles with a Florida congresswoman over his condolence call to a military widow.

Democrat Frederica Wilson has criticized Trump for his comments during a phone call with the widow of an American service member who was killed in the African nation of Niger.

The heated words from both sides — and questions about how presidents should or shouldn’t try to console families of the fallen — have rattled the White House and overshadowed the rest of Trump’s agenda in recent days.

Trump has taken again to Twitter to jab at the lawmaker. He tweets: “I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!”


7:35 a.m.

The White House is defending chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it is “inappropriate” to question a retired four-star general such as Kelly.

The administration also insisted it’s long past time to end the political squabbling over President Donald Trump’s compassion for America’s war dead, even as it lobbed fresh vilification at Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson.

Kelly said Wilson delivered a 2015 speech at an FBI field office dedication in which she “talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building.” Video of the speech contradicted his recollection.

For her part, Wilson is bringing race into the dispute, telling The New York Times, “The White House itself is full of white supremacists.”

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