Soldier's widow angry at Trump, defends Congress member's account of condolence call

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Terrence Johnson 25 was among four U.S. Green Berets killed in Niger on Oct. 4

Two injured soldiers were evacuated to the Landstuhul Regional Medical Centre in Germany and were said to be in a stable condition. The circumstances surrounding his death, and why his body was missing for two days are under investigation.

Unfortunately, Johnson's death has become the focus of a feud between President Trump and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a Florida Democrat, who spoke at Johnson's funeral.

Myeshia Johnson told ABC News on Monday morning that Wilson's account was "100 percent accurate". "And that's when he actually said, 'La David.' I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name, and that's what hurt me the most", she said.

"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?" La David Johnson's widow, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), said Kelly had "to admit what he did was incorrect in terms of the speech he mischaracterized".

Minutes after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger earlier this month, appeared on Good Morning America to say she was upset because the president struggled to "remember my husband's name" during his condolence phone call last week, Trump took to Twitter to accuse Johnson of lying about their conversation.

Mrs. Johnson, however, backed up Wilson, someone she said is close to her family.




"He was so offended that a woman would be - that somebody would be listening to that call", Trump continued.

Wilson, who was present for the speaker phone conversation, recalled that Trump said "he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts anyway". Wilson meanwhile urged Trump to learn Myeshia's name, and instead of doubling down on rhetoric via the Twitter war of words, the president should offer words of comfort and kindness and compassion. "Why would we fabricate something like that?" "But you don't remind a grieving widow of that".

The Florida congresswoman locked in a dispute with the Trump administration accused White House Chief of Staff John Kelly of lying to the American public about her.

Trump denied the second claim in a tweet. She was principal of a school Johnson's father attended.

Wilson and Trump have traded barbs for almost a week on the controversy stemming from the President's condolence call to Johnson. He later defended his claim by publicly disclosing that former president Barack Obama had not called Mr Kelly after his son, Robert, was killed in Afghanistan.

The US Africa Command said the soldiers had been providing assistance to Niger's "security force counter terrorism operations", and the US defence department said they had died as a result of "hostile fire while on a reconnaissance patrol".

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