President Trump's condolence call to Myeshia Johnson sparked outrage when Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, a family friend, accused President Trump of making an insensitive remark to the widow.
The widow of a dead USA soldier says Donald Trump could not remember her husband's name when he phoned to offer condolences. On Tuesday, Trump called the family of Sgt. Johnson and according to Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband "knew what he signed up for".
Johnson said when the president's phone call came in to the master sergeant in the vehicle with her, she asked that it be placed on speakerphone so others could hear it.
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 revealed his tone made her cry and he struggled to remember her husband's name.
"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?" she added.
Trump accused Wilson of fabricating the story, but we all know who the liar was.
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Wilson's account of the phone call was "100 percent correct", Johnson told George Stephanopoulos Monday on Good Morning America.
Johnson's GMA appearance comes during a swirling political debate over the circumstances of the death of her husband and three other United States soldiers in Niger.
There are now no plans for the administration to reach out to Sgt. Johnson's family again, a White House official said. Wilson meanwhile urged Trump to learn Myeshia's name, and instead of doubling down on rhetoric via the Twitter war of words, the president should offer words of comfort and kindness and compassion.
Trump's tweet will do little to shut down a controversy that has swirled around the president since last week.
Wilson was riding with the family of Johnson to meet the body and said she heard the call from the president on speakerphone. "I don't know what's in that box", she said. "I haven't seen him since he came home".
Johnson said Monday that Wilson's account was accurate. "I don't know anything". Not only does he owe me an apology but he owes an apology to the American people, because when he lied on me he lied to them, and I don't think that's fair, and I think that's wrong. She was principal of a school Johnson's father attended.