Soldier's widow angry at Trump, defends Congress member's account of condolence call

24 October, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Leticia Riley
  • U.S. Army Sgt. La David Terrence Johnson 25 was among four U.S. Green Berets killed in Niger on Oct. 4

The fight between Trump and the Miami-area Democrat began Tuesday, when Wilson said Trump told the pregnant widow of a service member killed in Niger that her 25-year-old husband "knew what he signed up for".

She said after receiving Trump's call she was "very upset and hurt" and that it "made me cry even worse".

La David Johnson was among four who died October 4 in Niger when they were attacked by militants tied to the Islamic State.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to refute the widow of fallen American soldier Sgt.

"No. I don't have nothing to say to him", she said.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended Trump, indicating that making such a phone call was hard under any circumstances.

She revealed his tone made her cry and he struggled to remember her husband's name. "That's my brother and I love my brother and I know he love my sisters".

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On Monday, Myeshia Johnson called Wilson's telling of the conversation "100 percent correct". Trump shot back that Wilson had "totally fabricated" the account, but the soldier's widow and aunt confirmed it as true.

Would you like to have an apology from John Kelly? "I had a very nice conversation".

The women of the Congressional Black Caucus on Sunday demanded that White House chief of staff John Kelly apologize for his attack on Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

Mr Trump said he had "proof" that Ms Wilson's account was inaccurate, but has yet to provide it.

"Congresswoman Wilson is a woman of impeccable integrity and a dedicated public servant", they said in statement. She wants to see his body to confirm it's him, but the military has not allowed that, she said. "I don't know what's in that box".

She added, "I think that he has to admit what he did was incorrect in terms of the speech he mischaracterized. I don't know anything". Asked why he had not spoken up earlier about the Niger ambush, in which Johnson and three other Special Forces troops lost their lives, his instinct was to attack presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for not contacting as many families of the dead-a lie that he papered over by turning his chief of staff's own dead son into a political prop. "The only way he remembered my husband's name because he told me he had my husband's report in front of him and that's when he actually said La David". She was principal of a school Johnson's father attended.

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