Trump disputes military widow's account of condolence call

24 October, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Johnson 25 died from wounds sustained during enemy contact. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group on Fort Bragg

The pregnant war widow of a soldier gunned down in Niger has broken her silence to speak about the phone call Donald Trump made to her in the aftermath of his death. On Tuesday, Trump called the family of Sgt. Johnson and according to Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband "knew what he signed up for".

La David Johnson, and three other USA soldiers, were killed in combat in Niger on October 4 after ISIS-linked militants attacked them, according to the Associated Press.

In a tweet Monday morning, Trump described the conversation as "very respectful" and claimed he spoke La David Johnson's name from the "beginning, without hesitation!" "He couldn't remember m husband's name", Johnson told host George Stephanopoulos. "Why couldn't I see my husband?"

Myeshia Johnson appeared to confirm Ms Wilson's assertion that Mr Trump said her husband had known what he had signed up for when joining the military.

Trump denied Wilson's description of the call last week, but Johnson on Monday said the congresswoman's account "was not fabricated". "So, he loved everybody - he was a peaceful person", she said. "And that's what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country", she said.

The White House later said he had spoken to the families of those killed in Niger but did not say when.

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"It made me cry because I was very angry about the tone of his voice and how he said it", Johnson said.

The phone call between the president and Johnson has been a source of controversy for a week now, since Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who listened in on the call, revealed details of the conversation. "I don't know what's in that box", she said.

"Congresswoman Wilson is a woman of impeccable integrity and a dedicated public servant", they said in statement. "I don't know anything".

She added, "I think that he has to admit what he did was incorrect in terms of the speech he mischaracterized". She wants to see his body to confirm it's him, but the military has not allowed that, she said. I'm getting sick and exhausted of this so-called politician using my husband as a political platform.

Trump aides have stood by Mr Kelly's contention that Ms Wilson had boasted about her role in winning funding for a federal building, even after video of her remarks emerged, showing he was wrong. She was principal of a school Johnson's father attended.

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