During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed there was no transcript of President Donald Trump’s phone call with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. She was asked about this due to Trump’s daughter-in-law claiming she had read it. (Sanders had said earlier this week that there was no recording of the call.)
“There’s not a transcript of the call,” Sanders said. “I believe she was responding to reports and things she read. I haven’t spoken directly to her. I refer you to the campaign that handles her press inquiries.”
Yes, Lara Trump does not work at the White House. But she does work for the Trump reelection campaign. So it would have been very odd, even if a transcript did exist, for her to have gotten her hands on it.
You can check out the video of Sanders above, via CNN.
Lara Trump’s claim of there being a transcript of the call comes from an interview with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt. The Fox News host asked Ms. Trump her thoughts on the controversy that has ensued over the call after Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) stated that Ms. Johnson was highly upset after Trump told her that it was what her deceased husband signed up for, adding that Lara Trump had read the transcripts.
“From what I have seen, this is a clear case of the media not doing their job,” Lara Trump said. “Whenever you read exactly what he said, he said your husband went into battle, you know, knowing that he could be injured, knowing that he could be killed and he still did it because he loves his country and he did it for the American people.”
(That actually kind of sounds like Trump did indeed tell the grieving widow that “this is what he signed up for,” something the president has denied he said, claiming he had proof.)
Ms. Trump continued, “I can’t think of a better way, quite frankly, to express my gratitude than by saying something like that. Then they leave off the last part of what was said. This man is a hero. There are no two ways about it, my father-in-law is the biggest champion of the military there is. We all in this country love and respect and respect our military and no one more so than the president.”
Well, John McCain may dispute that last characterization.
Anyway, either Lara Trump is lying, or the White House is.
Watch the clip of the interview below (relevant part starts around 1:10).
Lara Trump, who does not work at the WH, says she read a transcript of Trump’s call with Johnson’s widow (at 1:14). pic.twitter.com/942QjvmgMu
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 20, 2017
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