Trump disputes military widow's account of condolence call

Bryan Strickland
October 24, 2017

The circumstances surrounding his death, and why his body was missing for two days are under investigation. It was her first interview after a Democratic congresswoman accused Trump of being callous in the call by telling the widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for".

Myeshia Johnson told ABC News on Monday morning that Wilson's account was "100 percent accurate".

The president "said that 'he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways, '" Johnson recounted. "He couldn't remember m husband's name", Johnson told host George Stephanopoulos. "Because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?"

John Kelly told reporters at the White House that Trump had expressed his condolences "in the best way that he could".

Wilson and the White House have been at odds about Trump's call with the widow of Army Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, who was killed earlier this month in Niger.

Trump responded on Twitter Monday morning, saying he spoke Sgt. Johnson's name "without hesitation!"

Mrs. Johnson, however, backed up Wilson, someone she said is close to her family. Asked if she had anything to say to Trump now, Johnson said, "No, I don't have nothing to say to him".

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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 White House offered no additional comment. "So, he loved everybody - he was a peaceful person", she said.

She added, "They won't tell me. But you don't remind a grieving widow of that".

The president had previously tweeted in defense: 'Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). It escalated as she continued to attack the administration and Trump fired off insulting tweets, calling her "wacky" and accusing her of "SECRETLY" listening to the phone call.

The American flag draped over Johnson's casket was folded and given to his pregnant widow, Myeshia, and two other flags were presented to the couple's daughter and son. And Johnson said her uncle-in-law was Wilson's elementary school principal.

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

He responded to this criticism by falsely claiming that Mr Obama, and other former U.S. presidents had not called the relatives of dead service members.

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