On Tuesday evening, it was reported that President Donald Trump finally called the families of the soldiers who were killed in action in Niger earlier this month. And in his call to the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, the president told her that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) was with Myeshia Johnson when she received the call from POTUS as the two of them were traveling to the airport together to receive the remains of Sgt. Johnson. The congresswoman spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon about the phone call and Ms. Johnson’s reaction to it.
“Oh, she’s very distraught,” Wilson explained. “And we were in the car together, in the limousine headed to meet the body at the airport. So I heard what he said because the phone was on speaker.”
The Florida lawmaker added that Ms. Johnson received this call not only while she was on her way to see Sgt. Johnson’s coffin, but also after she’d been told she cannot have an open casket funeral for the husband she just lost. She further noted that Sgt. Johnson was a hero to a community that doesn’t have many heroes and there was “no reason for the president to be so insensitive.”
Lemon asked Wilson what her personal reaction was to Trump’s call.
“I asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with him,” she exclaimed. “And 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.”
She went on to say Ms. Johnson was crying and “couldn’t say anything” while the president spoke, noting that there were other family members in the car and they were all crying as well.
CNN’s Dana Bash would report after the interview that the White House had released a statement on the call saying that all conversations between the president and families of fallen soldiers are private.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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