The widow of a U.S. soldier killed in a bizarre ambush in the war-torn African nation of Niger is finally speaking out, and says the condolence call she received from President Donald Trump was so upsetting that it made her “cry even worse”–along with the tone of his voice.
According to Myeshia Johnson, Trump did not even know her husband’s name.
“The president said that he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways and I was — it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband’s name was because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said ‘La David,’” Johnson told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’.
“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me the most because 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? And that’s what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier.”–Myeshia Johnson on ‘Good Morning America’
Myeshia Johnson’s account of the phone call corroborates what U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) said Trump had said to Mrs. Johnson–and directly contradicts what the president says he said.
Trump has consistently denied forgetting the soldier’s name–which was Sgt. La David Johnson–and he has also denied saying Johnson, “Knew what he signed up for…”
Trump quickly took to Twitter to reaffirm himself:
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
Mrs. Johnson was criticized by some for not speaking up earlier to clarify what Trump had said in that phone call.
The phone call prompted Rep. Wilson to call Trump, “A sick man”.