The Morning Briefing: More Frederica Wilson, Hollywood Perverts, Jimmah Carter and Much, Much More
Good Monday morning.
Here is what's on the President's agenda today:
- In the morning President Donald J. Trump will greet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, meet with him, and have a working luncheon with him.
- The President and Prime Minister will then give joint statements.
- Later in the afternoon, the President will present the Medal of Honor.
Phone call gate continues
The ladies of the Congressional Black Caucus have called for Gold Star father and Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly to apologize for his remarks at a press conference about serial Trump-hater Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. They claim that Kelly mischaracterized a speech Wilson gave which apparently boasted of securing $20 million to build a new FBI office in Florida.
"We, the women of the Congressional Black Caucus, proudly stand with Congresswoman Wilson and demand that General Kelly apologize to her without delay and take responsibility for his reckless and false statements,” the female lawmakers said in a statement.
Rep. Frederica Wilson made a TV appearance over the weekend to say that Niger could end up being Trump's Benghazi. She also tweeted the same thing late last week. "Niger is @realDonaldTrump's Benghazi. He needs to own it," she tweeted. This is so laughable I'm not sure how to respond. We don't know the details of the Niger ambush and the Democrats have repeatedly denied anything inappropriate happened when the Obama administration abandoned Americans with insufficient security in a terrorist hotbed and then ignored a call for help when they were attacked by terrorists. So...what exactly is she implying?
Trump also hit the media over the weekend and had some remarks on phone call gate.
"He is a tough, strong four-star Marine. You're a four-star Marine, you've got something special to start off with, OK?" Mr. Trump said to Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo.
"He was so offended because he was in the room when I made the call and so were other people. And the call was a very nice call. He was so offended that a woman would be -- that somebody would be listening to that call," Mr. Trump said. The president also responded to claims that Kelly only made his remarks at the WH press conference because he wanted to keep his job. "He's a man that felt it would be important for the country. He does it for the country. He's not doing it for what he wants. He does it for the country," he added.
In case you don't remember, the original phone call gate began when Wilson overheard a phone call between President Trump and the family of a special forces soldier killed in the line of duty. Wilson claims the president was insensitive and offensive to the family during the call and she promptly ran to CNN prime time to scream about it.