The White Home wouldnât deny on Wednesday that will President Trump told the widow of Army Sgt. La Jesse Johnson that the fallen soldier âknew what he signed up forâ â? but it was willing to accuse the Florida congresswoman who delivered it to Americaâs attention associated with politicizing the exchange.
âI think it is appalling what the congresswoman has done and the way that she has politicized this issue,â White-colored House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
âThis was a president who loves our country very much, who has the greatest level of respect for men and women in uniform and wanted to call and offer condolences to the family,â she continued. âAnd I think that to try and create something from that like the congresswoman is doing is frankly appalling and disgusting.â
On Tuesday mid-day, Trump spoke on the phone along with Johnsonâs pregnant widow, Myeshia Manley, and the families of the three other Eco-friendly Berets killed in an ambush within Niger on Oct. 4. Based on Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who had been with Johnson at the time of the call, Trump spoke âsarcasticallyâ when he stated the 25-year-old soldier âknew what he signed up for.â
âHow could you say that to a grieving widow?â Wilson told a Miami television train station shortly after their conversation. 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
Johnsonâs mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Washington Post that will Wilsonâs account was accurate.
âPresident Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,â Jones-Johnson said.
Early Wednesday, Trump disputed Wilsonâs account, claiming he previously âproof.â
âDemocrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof),â Trump tweeted. âSad!â
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I believed to the wife of a soldier that died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
â? Donald L. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Sanders was asked what âproofâ Trump had and whether there was recordings of the conversation.
âNo, but there were several people in the room from the administration that were on the call, including the chief of staff, John Kelly,â Sanders said. âThe presidentâs call, as recounted by multiple people in the room, believe that the president was completely respectful, very sympathetic and expressed the condolences of himself and the rest of the country. I donât know how you can take that any other way.â
Trumpâs response to the soldiersâ? deaths has come under intense overview this week following a Rose Garden push conference in which the president falsely stated that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush failed to call families of fallen soldiers.
âIf you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didnât make calls,â Trump said. âI like to call when itâs appropriate, when I think Iâm able to do it.â
On Wednesday, Trump refused to clarify the particular remarks â? and in the process he or she invoked White House chief associated with staff John Kellyâs dead kid, who died while serving within Afghanistan in 2010.
âThereâs nothing to clarify,â Trump said in a Fox News Stereo 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
Sanders said that Trump plus Kelly had spoken several times given that he made those remarks, which the chief of staff was âdisgusted by the way that this has been politicized â and that the focus is on the process and not the fact that American lives were lost.â
âI think he is disgusted and frustrated by that,â Sanders added. âIf he has any anger, it is towards that.â
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