Soldier's widow angry Trump didn't know her husband's name

24 October, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Colin Gill
  • Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket in Miami of her husband Sgt La David Johnson who was killed in an ambush in Niger

Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, told ABC that the US President made her cry as "he couldn't remember my husband's name" until he looked at a report in front of him. "He couldn't remember my husband's name", she said.

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

La David Johnson said the phone call she received from President Donald Trump before meeting her husband's body at Dover Air Force Base made her more upset as the president struggled to remember her spouse's name. According to CNN, President Trump caused pain when Wilson said she overheard Trump telling Myeshia via a speakerphone that La David "knew what he signed up for" when he joined the military.

Trump's tweet will do little to shut down a controversy that has swirled around the president since last week.

The White House has denied Trump told the widow that Johnson "knew what he signed up for" and the claim he forgot the fallen soldier's name during the call. "That's my brother and I love my brother and I know he love my sisters".

Wilson, who knew Johnson since he was a child, later Sunday repeated her call that the attack was Trump's Benghazi - referring to the 2012 embassy attack in Libya that left four American officials dead.

Johnson confirmed Wilson's account, saying the congresswoman was a longtime friend who was with the family in the auto when Trump called Tuesday and listened on speakerphone.

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"That is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn't say that to a grieving widow", she said. She described Trump as "stumbling on my husband's name - that's what hurt me most".

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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. But Johnson backed up Rep. Wilson's version of events. "I don't know what's in that box", she said.

Kelly, a retired Marine general, also said Wilson took credit at an FBI building dedication for securing federal funding for its construction.

His godsister, Lakia Smith, said Johnson would always come watch her at cheerleading practice. She was principal of a school Johnson's father attended.

Johnson was asked if she had anything to say to the president. I'm getting sick and exhausted of this so-called politician using my husband as a political platform. "Why would we fabricate something like that?"

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