Slain soldier's widow explains why Trump's call made her angry and sad

by Abel Hampton October 24, 2017, 0:23
Slain soldier's widow explains why Trump's call made her angry and sad

"They told me there was a massive gunfire and that my husband, as of October 4 was missing", she said.

The Pentagon is still investigating why Sgt. Johnson's body was found about a mile away from where his team was ambushed in Niger. He was one of four USA special forces soldiers who died in an ambush on 4 October.

After the deaths of those servicemen in Niger, Trump took weeks to contact the families.

Two injured soldiers were evacuated to the Landstuhul Regional Medical Centre in Germany and were said to be in a stable condition. "I didn't say what that congresswoman said", Trump told reporters last week. "He couldn't remember my husband's name", she said. "The president said that he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyway", Johnson said. She added: "The only way he could remember my husband's name was he told me he had my husband's report in front of him and that's when he actually said La David". "I'm going to tell her how awesome her dad was and how a great father he was and how he died as a hero", Myeshia Johnson said Monday.

The White House later said he had spoken to the families of those killed in Niger but did not say when.

Sunday on MSNBC's "AM Joy", while discussing White House chief of staff John Kelly comments about Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) over the disputed phone call President Donald Trump made to Sgt. "La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!" he tweeted.

Mr Trump said he had "proof" that Ms Wilson's account was inaccurate, but has yet to provide it.

He said: 'It stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation.

Trump and the White House have gone after Rep. Wilson's character for several days.

Asked if she had a message for the president, Johnson replied: "No".

Trump objected to the first claim last week, and he objected to the second one Monday morning, after Myeshia Johnson's ABC appearance.

"Whatever Mrs. Wilson said was not fabricated". 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.

In an interview with "Good Morning America" Monday, Myeshia Johnson said that Wilson's version of the phone call was "100 percent correct". He later defended his claim by publicly disclosing that former president Barack Obama had not called Mr Kelly after his son, Robert, was killed in Afghanistan.

The attack earlier this month, which USA officials suspect was carried out by a local affiliate of Islamic State, has thrown a spotlight on the US counter-terrorism mission in Niger, which has about 800 USA troops.

Islamist militants, including al-Qaeda fighters, are known to operate in the region. The war of words between the president and Wilson began Tuesday when the Florida congresswoman recounted Trump's conversation.

The defence department has confirmed it is conducting a full review of the attack.


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