Widow of U.S. soldier says Trump call ‘made me cry’

The widow of a U.S. Army sergeant killed in Niger this month said on Monday a condolence call from President Donald Trump “made me cry even worse” when he said that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

(CBS News, U.S. pool, Reuters) – The widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger this month said on Monday a condolence call from President Donald Trump “made me cry even worse.”

Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Sergeant La David T. Johnson, told ABC’s Good Morning America, “The president said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway… and it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”

Trump responded to the Myeshia’s interview with a tweet, claiming, ‘I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from the beginning, without hestitation!’

Johnson and three other soldiers were killed in an ambush near the border between Niger and Mali on October 4.

U.S. officials suspect the troops were attacked by an Islamic State affiliate in West Africa.

U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY JAMES MATTIS,

“The loss of our troops is under investigation. We in the Department of Defense like to know what we’re talking about before we talk, and so we do not have all the accurate information yet. We will release it as rapidly as we get it.”

While U.S. lawmakers are calling for answers on the U.S. military’s presence in the region, the Trump administration has become entangled in a feud over his call to Myeshia Johnson.

U.S. DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE FREDERICA WILSON,

“I was in the car when President Trump called.”

The controversy came to light when U.S. Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson – who traveled with Johnson to receive her husband’s casket last week – said the president’s call upset the widow.

Particularly when the president said the dead solder ‘knew what he signed up for.’

U.S. DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE FREDERICA WILSON,

“How insensitive can you be?”

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP,

“Didn’t say what that Congresswoman said. Didn’t say it at all.”

Then it came out that those were the words Chief of Staff John Kelly suggested the president use:

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY,

“He knew what he was getting himself into, because he enlisted.”

The slain soldier’s wife told ABC she was not allowed to view her husband’s body.

She said the military has said little about how her husband died.


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