During an interview with Good Morning America, Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, spoke out about her phone call with President Donald Trump. Prior claims about what transpired during the discussion sparked a controversy after Rep. Frederica Wilson stated that Trump made insensitive remarks to the widow. Now, Johnson is telling her side of the story.
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As reported by NPR, Johnson, the pregnant widow of one of the four servicemen killed in Niger during a military operation on October 4, stated that when Trump called her to offer his condolences, the experience “made me cry even worse.”
Johnson said that she as at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, standing on the airstrip while waiting to receive her husband’s body, when the master sergeant accompanying her was contacted by Trump. Johnson requested to take the call on speaker phone so that members of her family to hear the conversation.
She asserted that she didn’t care for Trump’s tone during the call and that, when Trump stumbled with her husband’s name, that she broke down into tears.
According to Johnson, Trump “said that ‘he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway.’”
“It made me cry,” said Johnson, “because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”
She went on to say that the “stumbling on my husband’s name, that’s what hurt me most. He’s out there fighting for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”
Johnson added, “He was an awesome soldier.”
Trump posted a tweet on Monday morning disputing some of the account, saying, “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”
Johnson asserted that Wilson’s initial account of the phone call was accurate, a point that Trump and other White House officials have previously denied and have used as a jumping off point to question Wilson’s character.
According to Johnson, “Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated,” continuing, “What she said was 100 percent correct. Why would we fabricate something like that?”
When asked if she has anything she would like to say to Trump, Johnson replied, “No. I don’t have nothing to say to him.”
Johnson has received little information from military officials regarding how her husband died and why it reportedly took 48 hours to locate his body. She has also been denied the ability to view her husband’s body, leaving her to question whether it is actually in the coffin.
“They won’t let me see anything,” said Johnson. “I don’t know what’s in that box. It could be empty for all I know.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017