This morning Trump disputed a widow’s account of a condolence call he made to her following the death of her husband in Niger earlier this month.
Shortly after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, discussed her disappointment with the call on Good Morning America this morning, saying the President stumbled on her husband’s name and suggesting the only reason he knew it was because the report was right in front of him. Trump just tweeted,
“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!“
Johnson said she was distraught over Trump’s alleged oversights during the call, which came as the Johnson family and Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, who is a friend of the family, rode in a limo to receive Johnson’s body from Dover Air Force Base.
“(The call) made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice.”
Host George Stephanopoulos asked if she had anything to say to the President,
“No. I don’t have nothing to say to him.“
Rep. Wilson says that the President said Johnson
“knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.“
The family member who raised Johnson has called Wilson’s account of the call “very accurate” and the White House has not refuted that Trump spoke those words.
Myeshia Johnson told said Wilson’s account of the call was
Sgt. Johnson was found nearly a mile away from the central scene of the ambush in Niger, four administration officials familiar with the early assessment of what happened told CNN on Friday. The Pentagon is still looking at the exact circumstances of how and when Johnson became separated from the 12-member team as they were ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters.
Johnson, who is expecting a daughter this January, said she’s still waiting for answers regarding the circumstances of her husband’s death.
“The questions that I have that I need answered is I want to know why it took them 48 hours to find my husband. Why couldn’t I see my husband? Every time I asked to see my husband, they wouldn’t let me.
They won’t show me a finger, a hand. … I don’t know what’s in that box.
They won’t tell me. They won’t tell me anything. I don’t know anything.“
When Stephanopoulos asked if she believed she would get the answers to questions surrounding her husband’s death, Johnson said:
“If I keep pushing for them, I will.“
(Photo, screen grab; via CNN)