Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson went on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ program Monday to make an official statement about the Donald Trump phone call issue.
‘He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,’ she said. ‘The only way he remembered my husband’s name was because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him, and that’s when he actually said “La David”.’
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‘I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me most,’ she said.
Her husband was among the 4 fallen soldier in the Niger ambush, by ISIS militants.
The president replied to the comments on Twitter.
‘I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Army Specialist Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!’ he tweeted once the interview was done.
Via the Daily Mail: The president has been in a war of words with Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson over the call, after Wilson said in an interview that Trump dismissively told Myeshia Johnson her husband ‘knew what he signed up for.’
Wilson is a family friend of the Johnsons, and was in a limousine with the Gold Star widow and her family on the way to the airport to pick up the soldier’s body when Trump made the call.
Johnson confirmed Wilson’s version of events on Monday.
‘Whatever Ms Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100 per cent correct,’ Johnson said. ‘The phone was on speakerphone. Why would we fabricate something like that?’
Johnson said her aunt, her uncle, a master sergeant and Wilson were with her in the car when Trump called the master sergeant .
The call came as they pulled onto the tarmac at Dover Dover Air Force Base to pick up Sgt. Johnson’s body, his widow said.
Johnson said she asked the master sergeant to put the phone on speakerphone so that everyone in the car could hear Trump.
‘The president said “He knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway”,’ Johnson recalled.
‘It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it.
‘He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband’s name was because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him, and that’s when he actually said “La David.”
‘I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me 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? And that’s what made me upset and cry more,’ she added.