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

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWhite House on Cleveland Indians' name change: 'We certainly support their change of name' Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Social media reacts with praise, derision for Cleveland Guardians name MORE (D-Ohio) in an interview on Sunday agreed with Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonBiden to meet with Surfside families as rescue efforts enter eighth day Biden offers traditional address in eerie setting Congressional Black Caucus members post selfie celebrating first WH visit in four years 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 BannonHas Trump beaten the system? Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book To understand the history wars, follow the paper trail MORE is a white supremacist, and Stephen MillerStephen MillerTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book Stephen Miller contends no president dealt better hand than Biden 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 BashKey Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Klobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows - Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads 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 TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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.”