Widow of Fallen US Soldier: Trump's Phone Call 'Made Me Cry'
Myeshia Johnson says Trump couldn't remember husband's name.
The widow of Sgt. La David Johnson spoke out on "Good Morning America" Monday about the death of her husband and the controversial phone call she received from President Trump.
President Trump's condolence call to Myeshia Johnson sparked outrage when Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, a family friend, accused President Trump of making an insensitive remark.
Wilson, who was present for the speaker phone conversation, recalled that Trump said "he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts anyway."
“It made me cry, because I was very angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it,” Myeshia Johnson said, adding that the president seemed to only know her husband's name because he had a report in front of him.
"I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name. That's what hurt me the most. If my husband is out here fighting his life for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?” she asked.
President Trump took to Twitter to respond:
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
Trump last week lashed out at Rep. Wilson, disputing her account of what he said in the phone call. But Johnson backed up Rep. Wilson's version of events.
“Whatever Mrs. Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100 percent correct,” Johnson said. She stated she has nothing to say to Trump now.
Johnson said she put the call on speaker so that her aunt and uncle could hear the president's words.
The mom of three still has questions about her husband's death. She revealed she was not allowed to see the body of her husband, who was killed with three other U.S. soldiers by terrorists in Niger on October 4.
"They won't tell me anything. I don't know anything," she said about how her husband died, noting that her husband was missing at first after the firefight.
Sgt. Johnson was laid to rest over the weekend at a service in Hollywood, Florida. She said her husband was an "awesome" soldier and "had high hopes" for his military career.
Johnson said it took her husband three years to make the rank of E5 (sergeant), whereas it usually takes five or six years.
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