Gold Star Widow: Trump Call 'Made Me Cry Even Worse'

Brandon Parsons
October 24, 2017

La David Johnson, one of the four USA soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger on October 4, told ABC's Good Morning America that President Trump "made me cry even worse" when he called to offer condolences last week.

The pregnant war widow of a soldier gunned down in Niger has broken her silence to speak about the phone call Donald Trump made to her in the aftermath of his death.

Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, told ABC News it was the president's "stumbling" that had "hurt her the most". According to CNN, President Trump caused pain when Wilson said she overheard Trump telling Myeshia via a speakerphone that La David "knew what he signed up for" when he joined the military.

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.

Johnson also said she has received little information about her husband's death and complained she has not been able to see his body.

He said: 'It stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation. "And that's what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier".

Trump, however, denied the allegations, saying that what he said to the grieving widow was "fabricated".

Myeshia Johnson appeared to confirm Ms Wilson's assertion that Mr Trump said her husband had known what he had signed up for when joining the military.

There are now no plans for the administration to reach out to Sgt. Johnson's family again, a White House official said.

Trump's tweet will do little to shut down a controversy that has swirled around the president since last week.

The ensuing debate has focused on attacks against Republican Frederica Wilson that have proved to be inaccurate but that the White House has refused to back away from, with the latest episode ensnaring Chief of Staff John Kelly, a decorated retired marine general.

"I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband".

Critics said the episode reflects Mr Trump's continued efforts to avoid scrutiny of his conduct in office by casting blame elsewhere.

She added, "They won't tell me. That's my brother and I love my brother and I know he love my sisters". "I don't know what's in that box", she said. She was principal of a school Johnson's father attended. "I don't know anything".

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