Democrat fabricated account of 'insensitive chat' with soldier's widow

Calvin Saunders
October 20, 2017

Trump said he has "proof" that the conversation did not happen as recounted by Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D.) He did not elaborate, but the claim again raised questions about whether the president tapes calls and conversations.

Mr Trump, she said, then added: "I guess it still hurt".

Wilson, a Florida Democrat, has said she was with the widow of Staff Sgt.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson said she heard some of the "insensitive" remarks made by phone while she was in a vehicle with Sgt La David Johnson's family.

On Tuesday, Wilson told The Washington Post that Trump had told Johnson's widow, "He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway".

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", she told the Post.

After stirring controversy by invoking White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's son, a Marine Corps lieutenant killed in Afghanistan in late 2010, to defend his delayed response, Trump came under a fresh round of criticism over one of his condolence telephone calls. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING: "I mean you can ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?"

"It's disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and honest gesture, made privately by the President, and using it to advance the media's biased agenda", she said.

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At the airport, widow Myeshia Johnson leaned in grief across the flag-draped coffin after a military guard received it.

The White House's defense hasn't quieted critics. "It's very regrettable that the president chose to throw him into the argument. But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying, 'I'm sorry'".

"He said, 'I'm going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000, ' and I was just floored", Baldridge said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said protocol requires that the Pentagon and White House Military Office prepare and confirm an information packet before the president contacts grieving family members, a process that can take weeks.

The calls followed Trump's claims Monday and Tuesday that his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama, had not often made such calls to families.

What is different is that Mr Trump alone has picked a political fight over who has done better to honour the war dead and their families. But a person familiar with the breakfast for Gold Star Families at the White House on May 30, 2011, told NBC News that Kelly and his wife attended the private event and were seated at first lady Michelle Obama's table. Trump said on Fox News radio.

Wilson told the Herald on Tuesday that she heard that call on speakerphone from Trump to the widow of Johnson, the soldier and father who was killed in Niger whose body was returned home that afternoon. "That made me mad in a way that few other things have".

"Those interactions in some ways I think reveal you for who you are", Holder said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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