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

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownFacebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics Hillicon Valley: Senate sets hearing on Facebook's cryptocurrency plans | FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children's privacy | GOP senator riles tech with bill targeting liability shield | FAA pushed to approve drone deliveries MORE (D-Ohio) in an interview on Sunday agreed with Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonHouse hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate House hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info 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 Bannon Ocasio-Cortez: 'I want to know about the racism' involved with census citizenship question CNN's Jim Acosta: Trump is 'crazy like a fox' BBC News anchor confronts Michael Wolff for using Bannon as a source for his book MORE is a white supremacist, and Stephen MillerStephen MillerTop Democrats question legal basis for appointing Cuccinelli as temporary immigration chief Top Democrats question legal basis for appointing Cuccinelli as temporary immigration chief Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House 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 BashCastro to participate in Fox News town hall De Blasio hits Biden on crime bill: 'A huge mistake' GOP senator: Trump needs to be 'very careful' on pardons of soldiers charged with war crimes 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 TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' 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.”