Cummings: Wilson Is ‘Probably One of the Great Sheroes of Our Time’

On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) stated White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly made inaccurate statements about “probably one of the great sheroes of our time, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL).”

Cummings said, “I was kind of sad, the position that General Kelly took. I have a lot of respect for him. As a matter of fact, I like him. And I was surprised that he interjected himself in this discussion, and then, basically, said some very inaccurate and untrue statements about probably one of the great sheroes of our time, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. And if he knew a little bit about her, he would know that she has carried on a mentoring program of thousands of youth since 1993, trying to help them grow up to be all that they could be. She is the same one who has spent a phenomenal amount of time over the last two years trying to rescue the 300 girls that were captured by Boko Haram in Nigeria. And so, she doesn’t have to do these things, but she does them out of love.”

He continued by stating that the 2015 speech Wilson gave that Kelly criticized her for was “an excellent speech. She took no credit for getting the funds. But what she said is that she worked with the speaker and worked it out to get the kind of results she wanted, with regard to the naming of the building.”

Cummings further stated of Kelly, “I find him to be an honorable man. … And I hope that he will take a moment, and apologize, as an honorable man should do.”

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