The widow of fallen American soldier Sgt. La David T. Johnson appeared on Good Morning America Monday to discuss the death of her husband as well as the now-notorious call she received from President Donald Trump.
Myeshia Johnson first told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that she has yet to receive full details about the death of her husband — — a soldier who was killed in an ambush in Niger by ISIS-affiliated militants — and has a number of questions over what led to his death.
The consolation call Myeshia received from Trump has become a point of controversy this week, after Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, who is close to the Johnson family and was present for the call, said the president made flippant comments about La David’s death.
Though the White House has contested (-ish) Wilson’s characterization, and Chief of Staff John Kelly slammed the congresswoman before the press corps, Myeshia confirmed her account of the call in her interview on GMA, claiming Trump’s comments made her cry.
Myeshia explained that she had the phone on speaker when Trump called so that her family could hear, and that the president said that her husband “knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways.”
“It made me cry, because I was very angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it,” she continued, before claiming the president did not know her husband’s name.
“The only way he remembered my husband’s name is because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him,” Mysehia said. “And that’s what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting his life for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”
Mysehia said that when she got off the phone with Trump, she was “very upset and hurt,” by the comments – “it made me cry even worse,” she said.
On the White House’s rejection of Rep. Wilson’s comments, Myeshia contended “whatever Mrs. Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100% correct.”
When Stephanopoulos asked if Mysehia had anything to say to the president, she replied “I don’t have nothing to say to him.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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