During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed by reporters on the phone call that President Donald Trump made to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. It was reported last night that Trump told Ms. Johnson that her husband — who was killed earlier this month in Niger — knew what he “signed up for.”
Trump has denied that he said that to the sergeant’s widow and has lashed out at the Democratic congresswoman who was in the car when Ms. Johnson received Trump’s call. Meanwhile, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) has stood by her story, and Johnson’s mother has stated that Wilson is telling the truth.
Having already said that Trump didn’t have a recording of the call but that his “proof” was that others were in the room, Sanders was asked about the context of the call and if the president feels Ms. Johnson and others may have perceived it wrong.
“I’m not going to get into the back and forth,” Sanders said. “I think the sentiment of the president was very clear. He took the time to make a call to express his condolences to thank the family for this individual’s service and I think it frankly is a disgrace of the media to try to portray an act of kindness like that and that gesture and to try to make it into something that it isn’t.”
After answering a question about whether or not Trump was the one who politicized the death of Gen. John Kelly‘s son, Sanders was asked by CNN’s April Ryan about the reports that the president didn’t know the name of Sgt. Johnson during the phone call.
“Just because the president said your guy, I don’t think that means that he doesn’t know his name,” the press secretary responded. “As the president stated, the hardest job he has is making calls like that.”
Sanders went on to blast Rep. Wilson for politicizing the issue, claiming that her comments and actions are “frankly appalling and disgusting.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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