Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D- Fla.) accused President Trump of disrespecting the widow and mother of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson during a condolence call last week. Sgt. Johnson is one of the four American service members who was killed in Niger on Oct. 4.
President Trump made the call to Sgt. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, and his mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson while they were riding in a limo with Rep. Wilson. The three women listened to the call on speaker. Wilson told the Washington Post that Trump said Sgt. Johnson, “knew what he was signing up for.” The congresswoman expressed on twitter that she found trump’s tone “insensitive.”
I stand my account of the call with @realDonaldTrump and was not the only one who heard and was dismayed by his insensitive remarks.
— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) October 18, 2017
Cowanda Jones-Johnson and Myeshia Johnson have corroborated Wilson’s account of the call. “He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” Myeshia Johnson told Good Morning America; “That’s the hurting part.”
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Cowanda Jones-Johnson told the Washington Post.
President Trump denied Wilson’s account, tweeting, “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump’s remarks were “completely respectful.”
“The President’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private,” said a White House spokesperson in a statement.