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

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownA bold fix for US international taxation of corporations Democrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure Former Ohio health director won't run for Senate MORE (D-Ohio) in an interview on Sunday agreed with Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonRep. Frederica Wilson shares her famous hat collection with Netflix Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84 Florida Democrats call for DOJ investigation of state Senate races 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 BannonTrump denies Gaetz asked him for blanket pardon Both the left and the right discriminate against Asian Americans Hillicon Valley: John Matze takes on Parler | Prince Harry heads to Silicon Valley | YouTube leaves up Boulder shooting video MORE is a white supremacist, and Stephen MillerStephen MillerDemocrat: Ex-Trump aide Miller should be jailed for human rights violations Trump endorses Mo Brooks for Senate in Alabama Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits 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 BashBiden's first presser wasn't about him — not really Blinken suggests US won't take punitive action on China over COVID-19 Senator scolds Georgia governor: 'He knows better' 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 TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech 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.”