Dem senator: White supremacists are 'sprinkled around the White House'

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Hillicon Valley: Google to promote original reporting | Senators demand answers from Amazon on worker treatment | Lawmakers weigh response to ransomware attacks Senate Democrats want answers on 'dangerous' Amazon delivery system MORE (D-Ohio) in an interview on Sunday agreed with Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Democratic rep reconsiders wearing trademark hats because of 'racists who taunt me' MORE's (D-Fla.) claim that there are white supremacists in the Trump administration, saying they are "sprinkled around the White House."

"I agree that Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonWeld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump The specter of Steve Bannon may loom over 2020 Trump campaign Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight MORE is a white supremacist, and Stephen MillerStephen MillerTrump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Democrats, advocates blast reported White House plan to cut refugee cap to zero Unconfirmed by Senate, Cuccinelli sees power, influence grow on immigration MORE seems to be, and I know that studies have shown they have their allies sprinkled around the White House," Brown told CNN's Dana BashDana BashCNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October CNN's Dana Bash: NC election shows Trump, Republicans are building 'unbelievably huge' war chest to drive rural voter turnout Scott: White House and FEMA 'convinced me there's plenty of money' for Dorian response MORE on "State of the Union" on Sunday. 

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Brown's comments come after Wilson told The New York Times last week that “the White House itself is full of white supremacists." 

Her comments came amid a feud with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE and his chief of staff, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE

Wilson said last week that Trump made insensitive remarks to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson during a phone call in which he said Johnson "knew what he signed up for."

Trump denied Wilson's claim, and criticized her in several tweets. 

Kelly also offered an emotional defense of Trump, calling Wilson an “empty barrel," and saying he was stunned to learn she had listened in on the call and spoke to the media about it. 

The chief of staff also mischaracterized Wilson's remarks at a 2015 dedication ceremony of an FBI building in Miami during his criticism.

“I feel very sorry for him because he feels such a need to lie on me and I’m not even his enemy,” Wilson told the Times. “I just can’t even imagine why he would fabricate something like that. That is absolutely insane. I’m just flabbergasted because it’s very easy to trace.”