Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives reporter blunt response on Kelly-Wilson controversy

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sidestepped questions about the validity of chief of staff John Kelly's claim that Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida had bragged about securing funds for an FBI field office in 2015.

"[Kelly] said there was a lot of grandstanding," Sanders said during Friday's White House press briefing. "He was stunned she had taken that opportunity to make it about herself."

When pressed as to whether Kelly could elaborate further, Sanders said he "addressed that pretty thoroughly yesterday."

But the reporter noted that the money was secured before Wilson was in Congress, which prompted Sanders to invoke Kelly's military career.

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"If you want to go after General Kelly that's up to you but I think that if you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that's something highly inappropriate," Sanders said.

After Wilson suggested that President Donald Trump was inappropriate on a phone call with the widow of a US Special Forces soldier killed in Niger, Kelly criticized the Democratic congresswoman in an attempt to clarify the White House's account of the call.

On Friday, the Orlando Sun-Sentinel released a video of Wilson's speech, which showed that she did not brag about securing the building's funds, but did boast about rushing through Congress the renaming of the building in honor of two fallen FBI agents, Jerry L. Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan.

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