For someone who claims to care so much about U.S. servicemen and women, President Trump sure has had a difficult time showing respect to four Green Berets who were recently killed in an ambush in Niger.
First, Trump took almost two weeks to say anything about the soldiers’ deaths. Then, when he finally did address the tragedy, he chose to compare himself to President Obama and said that his predecessor rarely called the families of fallen soldiers.
Now, Trump is in hot water again for allegedly making an insensitive remark to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson about her husband’s death:
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Florida), who was present during the call, said during an appearance on CNN Tonight about Trump’s comments:
‘Basically, he said, “Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”‘
When asked if she was sure about the president’s remarks, Wilson later told WPLG, a CNN affiliate:
‘Yeah, he said that. You know…that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn’t say that to a grieving widow. Everyone knows when you go to war you could possibly not come back alive, but you don’t remind a grieving widow of that. That is so insensitive. So insensitive.’
Trump denied Wilson’s accusation, once in a tweet and again at the White House. In the White House statement, he said:
‘Didn’t say what that congresswoman said. Didn’t say it at all.
‘I’d like her to make the statement again. Because I did not say what she said. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who sounds like a lovely woman, did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that.’
After that statement, Wilson lashed out at Trump again on Twitter for referring to Johnson as “the woman” and “the wife.”
‘I still stand by my account of the call b/t @realDonaldTrump and Myeshia Johnson. That is her name, Mr. Trump. Not “the woman” or “the wife.”‘
Wilson’s tweet was met with mixed responses. Some people have joined her in criticizing President Trump, while others have demanded proof of his remarks.
Trump, meanwhile, has claimed to have proof that Wilson is lying about what he said during the phone call. Of course, it’s doubtful that anyone will ever actually see it.
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