'Upset and Hurt': Fallen Soldier's Widow on Trump's Condolence Call

Violet Powell
October 24, 2017

Johnson's comments, her first to the media about the condolence call from Trump, were likely to fuel a controversy that has swirled for days around the president's handling of the call to the widow.

Myeshia Johnson, wife of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was among four special forces soldiers killed in Niger, kisses his coffin at a graveside service in Hollywood, Florida, October 21, 2017. "La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!" the president wrote. Trump wrote on Twitter, referencing one of the Green Berets killed earlier this month in an ambush in Niger. She added of Trump's alleged failure to use Sgt. Johnson's name: "I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name, and that's what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?"

"Americans should know what's going on in Niger", McCain said.

"I think he's addressed that pretty thoroughly yesterday", Sanders said. "I'm going to tell her how awesome her dad was and how a great father he was and how he died as a hero", Myeshia Johnson said Monday.

On Monday, Myeshia Johnson called Wilson's telling of the conversation "100 percent correct".

He has dismissed the account of the phone call given by Ms Wilson as "totally fabricated".

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended Trump, indicating that making such a phone call was hard under any circumstances.

"It made me cry because I was very angry about the tone of his voice and how he said it", Johnson said. "I know my husband's body from head to toe".

The deal took place while Clinton was secretary of State, but her campaign and former State Department officials have said she was not involved in the approval process.

"I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband". It escalated as she continued to attack the administration and Trump fired off insulting tweets, calling her "wacky" and accusing her of "SECRETLY" listening to the phone call. She wants to see his body to confirm it's him, but the military has not allowed that, she said. "Why would we fabricate something like that?" The war of words between the president and Wilson began Tuesday when the Florida congresswoman recounted Trump's conversation.

Johnson, 25, was one of four U.S. Special Forces - or Green Berets - killed in Niger when they were attacked October 4 by militants tied to the Islamic State.

"They won't tell me anything".

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