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Waters, CBC Blast Trump Administration for Disrespect of Black Women

Rep. Maxine Waters on Monday called out President Donald Trump for what she said is his administration’s ongoing disregard for Black women.

“We are sick and tired of women being undermined, being dismissed and —Black women in particular, being called names,” the California Democrat said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Beat.”

Waters’ comments come on the heels of a statement the women of the Congressional Black Caucus issued over the weekend that demanded White House Chief of Staff John Kelly apologize to Rep. Frederica Wilson for sharing a false story about her in his attempt to defend the president.

Wilson has been embroiled in a back-and-forth with the president over a call he made to the family of a soldier killed in Niger, which Wilson and the soldier’s family said was disrespectful in tone.

In their statement, the CBC said they were appalled by Kelly’s comments, which also accused Wilson of grandstanding.

“He called Congresswoman Wilson an ’empty barrel’ and accused her of taking credit for securing funding for a new FBI building in Miramar, Florida,” the statement read.

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