February 24, 2018

Why Trump Just Accused a Grieving War Widow of Lying

24 October 2017, 12:54 | Rex Hubbard

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U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson is wheeled to the hearse after the viewing at the Christ the Rock Community Church

And when he did on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson said tht the president was disrespectful during a phone call he made to Johnson's widow; Wilson was on the phone when Trump called and said that Sgt. Johnson "knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt". La David Johnson spoke out for the first time Monday, after the combat death of her husband led to a political fight between President Trump and a Florida congresswoman.

The president's tweet comes after Myeshia Johnson during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" confirmed Rep.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "I did not say what she [Ms Wilson] said".

Johnson said she was at Dover Air Force Base in DE, on the air strip ready to receive her husband's body, when the call came from Trump to the master sergeant accompanying her. Johnson asked that the call be put on speaker, so her family could hear.

She said that's when Trump told her, "he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways". "I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it".

"That hurt me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risks his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?" While Trump has disputed the story - even claiming to have still-yet-to-be-produced "proof" to back it up - the White House has largely seemed to confirm that he said the things he has been accused of saying.

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On Monday, Myeshia Johnson called Wilson's telling of the conversation "100 percent correct".

What's perhaps most remarkable about the president's continued objections, though, is that his own White House isn't doing the same.

"We were appalled by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's statements where he called Congresswoman Wilson an "empty barrel" and accused her of taking credit for securing funding for a new FBI Building in Miramar, Florida that was named after two fallen FBI agents, Benjamin Grogan and Jerry Dove".

"I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband". A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general. "I haven't seen him since he came home".

She added, "I think that he has to admit what he did was incorrect in terms of the speech he mischaracterized".

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. "I don't know what's in that box", she said. She also said he was "a loving and caring father and husband". "I don't know anything".

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