How presidents handle the death of members of the United States military has dominated the news cycle after the death of four soldiers in Africa earlier this month. President Trump is being accused of insensitivity in how he handled one call, and now another widow is sharing her experience with the President when he called her.
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Natasha De Alencar is the widow of Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar. Sgt. Alencar, a member of the 7th Special Forces Group, died during a firefight with ISIS fighters in April. She has now released the audio of the conversation with the President.
“I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a, what a horrible thing – except that he’s an unbelievable hero. You know, all of the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was,” Trump said.
Natasha shared her experience with the Washington Post. “Everyone tells me how great he was,” Trump said. ‘He was the boss … He was their friend. They all loved him.”
“I’m glad that you got to hear a little bit about him, sir. My husband is, to me, he was already my hero. We’ve been together 15 years, five children,” she told President Trump. “My husband was truly one of those people who would give you the shirt off of his back and he would look out for you before himself.”
The conversation then shifted to the children. At the end of the conversation, Trump invited Natasha and the kids to visit the White House.
This conversation serves as a counterpoint to the controversy stirred up by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Wilson claims to have listened in on one of these calls. Her account of the President’s words casts him in a negative light.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly gave a riveting defense of the President (the video above). “It stuns me that a Member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me. I though at least that was sacred,” Kelly said.