Trump disputes call with soldier’s widow, says it was ‘respectful conversation’

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President Trump says he had been “very respectful” in his condolence call along with Myeshia Johnson, the widow associated with Sgt. La David T. Manley â€? and rejected her declare that he did not appear to know the slain soldier’s name.

“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson,” Trump messaged on Monday, “and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Myeshia Johnson said that Trump struggled to remember her husband’s title on the call, leaving her “very angry.”

“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name,” Johnson said. “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.”

“That’s what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier,” she additional.

The deaths of Johnson plus three other U. S. program members killed in an ambush within Niger on Oct. 4 are usually under investigation, U. S. authorities said last week.

Trump’s condolence phone calls with the families of four Green Berets on Tuesday stirred controversy right after Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who had been in a car with Johnson whenever Trump spoke with her, stated the president told the grieving mother of two that the 25-year-old soldier “knew what he signed up for.”

“How could you say that to a grieving widow?” Wilson told the Miami television station shortly after the phone call. “And he said it more than once. I said this man has no feelings for anyone. This is a young woman with child who is grieved to her soul.”

Trump said the Florida congresswoman “totally fabricated” what he had said within the call. But on ABC, Myeshia Johnson said Wilson’s account had been “100 percent” accurate. Last week, La Brian Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, stated the same to the Washington Post.

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Trump’s response to the particular soldiersâ€? deaths came under intense overview last week following a Rose Garden push conference during which he falsely stated that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush failed to call families of fallen soldiers.

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump told reporters on Mon. “I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

In a Fox News Radio stations interview Tuesday, Trump refused in order to clarify the remarks â€? and the process invoked chief of employees John Kelly’s dead son, which died while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

“There’s nothing to clarify,” Trump stated. “I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make. And I said it very loud and clear yesterday. The hardest thing for me to do is do that. Now, as far as other representatives, I don’t know. I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly — did he get a call from Obama?”

At a White House briefing on Thursday, chief of employees John Kelly delivered an impassioned defense of Trump’s outreach to people families and denounced Wilson’s critique of the call as “selfish.”

Kelly stated that Obama did not call him whenever his son was killed yet stressed it was “not a criticism” of the previous president.

“I appeal to America,” Kelly said. “Let’s not let this, maybe, last thing that’s held sacred in our society: a young man, young woman going out and giving his or her life for our country. Let’s try to somehow keep that sacred.”

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