President Trump is discussing the account of Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who says which he told the widow of Military Sgt. La David Johnson the fact that fallen soldier âknew what he signed up for.â
âDemocrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof),â Trump messaged on Wednesday. âSad!â
In an interview along with CNNâs âNew Day,â Wilson responded to Trump.
âI have proof too,â she said. âThis man is a sick man. Heâs coldhearted and he feels no pity.â
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I believed to the wife of a soldier who else died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
â? Donald M. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
On Tuesday afternoon, the Whitened House said Trump spoke within the phone with Johnsonâs pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, and the families of three other Green Berets killed within an ambush in Niger on April. 4.
Wilson, who was with the grieving widow when Trump spoke along with her, said the president talked âsarcasticallyâ when he said the particular 25-year-old soldier âknew what he signed up for.â
âBut when it happens, it hurts anyway,â Trump additional, according to Wilson.
âHow could you say that to a grieving widow?â Wilson informed a Miami television station soon after the phone call. âAnd 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.â
Wilson said that Johnsonâs widow also told her that the leader did not appear to know her husbandâs name.
âI asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with him,â Wilson told CNNâs Don Lemon on Tuesday evening. âAnd I was going to curse him out. That was my reaction at that time. I was livid. But they would not give me the phone.â
Johnsonâs mom, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Wa Post that Wilsonâs account has been accurate.
âPresident Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,â Jones-Johnson said.
Trumpâs response to the soldiersâ? deaths comes under intense scrutiny this week carrying out a Rose Garden press conference where the president falsely claimed that previous Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush did not call groups of fallen soldiers.
âIf you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didnât make calls,â Trump mentioned. âI like to call when itâs appropriate, when I think Iâm able to do it.â
On Tuesday, Trump refused in order to clarify the remarks â? and the process he invoked White Home chief of staff John Kellyâs dead son, who died whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010.
âThereâs nothing to clarify,â Trump said in a Sibel News Radio interview. âI think Iâve called every family of somebody thatâs died, and itâs 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 donât know. I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly did he get a call from Obama. You could ask other people. I donât know what Obamaâs policy was. I write letters, and I also call.â
Trump produced the calls to the four groups of soldiers killed in Niger upon Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 times after their deaths.
âPresident Trump spoke to all four of the families of those who were killed in action in Niger,â Whitened House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement late Wednesday. âHe offered condolences on behalf of a grateful nation and assured them their familyâs extraordinary sacrifice to the country will never be forgotten.â
On âNew Day,â Wilson said that she hopes to request a classified briefing from the Defense Department about the lethal ambush.
âThis might wind up to be Mr. Trumpâs Benghazi,â Wilson said.
Speaking to reporters at the White Home late Wednesday morning, Trump once again disputed Wilsonâs account of their call with Johnsonâs widow â? and falsely claimed the Lakewood ranch Democrat had since taken it in return.
âI didnât say what that congresswoman said; didnât say it all,â the president said. âShe knows it. And she now is not saying it. I did not say what she said, and Iâd like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was â sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people arenât too surprised to hear that.â
Trump added: âLet her make her statement again.â
Wilson, who had currently repeated her assertions on MSNBC and ABCâs âThe View,â did etc Twitter as well.
âI still stand by my account of the call [between] @realDonaldTrump and Myeshia Johnson,â Wilson messaged. âThat is her name, Mr. Trump. Not âthe womanâ or âthe wife.ââ
I still stand by the account of the call b/t @realDonaldTrump and Myeshia Johnson. That is the girl name, Mr. Trump. Not “the woman” or “the wife”
â? Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) Oct 18, 2017
During a White-colored House press briefing on Wed afternoon, press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked what âproofâ Trump had that Wilson âtotally fabricatedâ their remarks, and whether there were songs of his conversation with Johnsonâs widow.
âNo but there were several people in the room from the administration that were on the call, including the chief of staff,â Sanders said.
Sanders was also asked whether the president offers called the families of every soldier that has died since taking office â? something Trump claimed Tuesday yet later was disputed by the Related Press.
âThe president has made contact with all of the families that have been presented to him through the White House military office,â Sanders said.
She added: âIt is appalling and disgusting what the congresswoman has been doing.â
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