Slain soldier's widow explains why Trump's call made her angry and sad

Johnson 25 died from wounds sustained during enemy contact. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group on Fort Bragg

The widow of a fallen soldier criticized President Donald Trump Monday over his condolence call last week, saying she was angered by his tone and that he couldn't remember her husband's name.

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.

La David Johnson was among four who died October 4 in Niger when they were attacked by militants tied to the Islamic State.

Minutes after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger earlier this month, appeared on Good Morning America to say she was upset because the president struggled to "remember my husband's name" during his condolence phone call last week, Trump took to Twitter to accuse Johnson of lying about their conversation.

"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 risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name", she said, according to a show transcript.

Donald Trump has denied claims he failed to remember the name of a fallen USA serviceman during a phone call with the soldier's wife. "Why couldn't I see my husband? What she said was 100 percent correct", Johnson said.




Trump tweeted Wilson "fabricated" his statement and the fight escalated through the week.

Johnson, who is expecting a daughter this January, said she's still waiting for answers regarding the circumstances of her husband's death.

The White House later said he had spoken to the families of those killed in Niger but did not say when.

He said: 'It stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation.

Mr Trump said he had "proof" that Ms Wilson's account was inaccurate, but has yet to provide it. She wants to see his body to confirm it's him, but the military has not allowed that, she said. And Johnson said her uncle-in-law was Wilson's elementary school principal. "Why would we fabricate something like that?" "I don't know what's in that box", she said. 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.

Trump aides have stood by Mr Kelly's contention that Ms Wilson had boasted about her role in winning funding for a federal building, even after video of her remarks emerged, showing he was wrong. "I don't know anything".

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