The widow of a US soldier killed in Niger went on “Good Morning America” Monday where she confirmed a Florida Congresswoman’s account of President Donald Trump’s condolence call that the White House insisted was inaccurate.
“He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, told GMA. “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, 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 added.
She also confirmed that Trump told her that her husband “knew what he signed up for,” adding that she was upset by his “tone.”
“He knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways,” Johnson said Trump told her. “And it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it.”
She said the president’s call made her “very upset and hurt,” adding, “It made me cry even worse.”
Johnson also questioned why she was prevented from seeing her husband’s body before he was buried this past weekend.
“I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband,” she said. “They won’t show me a finger, a hand; I know my husband’s body from head-to-toe and they won’t let me see anything.”
“I don’t know what’s in that box,” she explained. “It could be empty for all I know. I need to see my husband.”
Johnson added she still has not gotten a straight story about how her husband was killed, or why he was separated from the other soldiers after they were ambushed for two days.
“I don’t know how he got killed, where he got killed or anything,” she said. “I don’t know that part; they never told me and that’s what I’ve been trying to find out since day one, since October fourth.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017
Trump could not let a soldier’s widow have the last word and immediately responded to Johnson’s allegation that he “stumbled” because he couldn’t remember her husband’s name.
“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” he tweeted.
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
It’s yet another denial in a long string of denials from the White House that have since been debunked.
Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson told reporters last week that Johnson said the president could not remember her husband’s name and that he told her “he knew what he signed up for.”
Trump called the claims a “total fabrication” and insisted he never said that.
Johnson said on GMA that Wilson’s account of the call was “100 percent correct.”
“Why would we fabricate something like that?” Johnson said.
White House chief of staff John Kelly essentially confirmed Trump made the remark at a press briefing where he accused Wilson of “grandstanding” during a ceremony honoring fallen FBI agents, a claim that has since been roundly debunked.