Video of the event soon released by the Florida Sun Sentinel showed Wilson did no such thing. Rather, she used her speech to praise the two slain FBI agents in whose memory the building was named. Wilson accused Kelly of “character assassination,” and members of the Congressional Black Caucus demanded that Kelly apologize.
In an interview to be broadcast Monday night, Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham asked Kelly whether he had something to apologize for.
“Oh, no,” Kelly replied. “No. Never. Well, I'll apologize if I need to. But for something like that, absolutely not. I stand by my comments.”
In sparring with a grieving widow, Trump follows his no-apology playbook
Kelly suggested that he may have been accusing Wilson of grandstanding in a private discussion, as opposed to in her public speech, although his comment to Ingraham was vague.
“I'll go back and talk about before her comments and at the reception afterwards,” Kelly said. “Again, it was a package deal. Don't want to get into it.”
Kelly went on to say that Myeshia Johnson, the widow of fallen Sgt. La David Johnson, has acted within her rights to speak out publicly about Trump's handling of his condolence call.
“As far as the young widow goes, she has every right to say what she wants to say,” Kelly told Ingraham. “But it's the politicization of something that was so from the heart.”
Ingraham's interview — one of Kelly's rare public appearances — delved into a range of other topics, including the removal of Confederate and other historical monuments, an issue that has animated Trump in recent months.
Ingraham asked Kelly about a historic church in Alexandria, Va., where former president George Washington worshiped, deciding to remove plaques memorializing both Washington and Confederate general Robert E. Lee because they were considered intolerant.
Historic Alexandria church decides to remove plaques honoring Washington, Lee