While video or a full transcript of the 2015 ceremony has yet to be obtained and reviewed, it is known that construction of the building was bid on before Wilson was elected, and that it cost $194 million – not the $20 million Kelly quoted in his White House briefing room remarks.
“That is crazy that I got [the money] and Mr. Obama just gave it to me,” Wilson said while speaking with reporters. “That building was funded long before I got to Congress. I didn’t say that. I have staff, people who write the speeches. You can’t say that.”
In 2015, Miami Republicans praised Wilson for sponsoring the bill that would dedicate the FBI building in the name of the fallen agents. At the ceremony, Director James Comey also thanked Wilson for her legislation. “Representative Wilson truly did the impossible, and we are eternally grateful,” said Comey.
A White House administration spokesman issued a statement defending their Chief of Staff: “The White House stands by General Kelly’s account of the event.”
Late Thursday night, Trump showed he too was not finished with the controversy, tweeting: “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!”
The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2017