Another day, another piece of White House drama, mystery and utter confusion. President Donald Trump was accused by U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) of telling the widow of a Black soldier killed in an ambush in the African nation of Niger that the soldier got what could have been expected.
“Basically, he said, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt,’ ” Wilson said to CNN’s Don Lemon.
The soldier’s name was Sgt. La David Johnson, and he was a Miami native. According to Rep. Wilson, Trump didn’t even know Sgt. Johnson’s name.
“I have proof, too: this man is a sick man,” Wilson said Wednesday morning on CNN’s “New Day,” responding to Trump’s tweet. She added that Johnson’s widow “broke down” after her call with Trump, saying the President “didn’t even know his name.”
The President has denied the accusation, and has slammed Rep. Wilson for what he calls a “totally fabricated” recount of his conversation with Mrs. Johnson, the soldier’s widow; the widow has not yet gone on the record to clarify who said what and how.
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