On Tuesday, after facing criticism for not doing so sooner, the president finally got around to contacting the families of four soldiers who were killed recently in Niger.
Rather than having simply called the families promptly, Trump has successfully managed to turn the issue of respecting the deceased soldiers into a political debacle. Making it all about how great he thinks he is, the president wrongfully insisted that his predecessors had rarely, if ever, contacted the families of fallen soldiers at a Monday press conference.
When he finally made the calls, Florida’s U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson was in the car with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and she was the first to express utter disgust at the president’s remarks. Rep. Wilson says she wanted to curse out the president for making Johnson’s widow break down in tears by dismissively commenting that her husband “knew what he was signing up for.”
Trump has unsurprisingly insisted that he never made any such comments, reiterating his account of the call while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
His response to the question of how the call really want is a garbled word salad — at best — as you can see in the video below.
As he began:
‘I didn’t say what that Congresswoman said; I didn’t say it at all — and she knows it, and she now is not saying it. I did not say what she said, and I’d like her to make the statement again, because I did not say, what she said.’
The video is, in part, morbidly humorously hard to watch because of the president’s seeming inability to grasp the basics of communicating like a sensible adult.
Rep. Wilson isn’t the only one with an account of the call that differs from Trump’s — an account she is sticking to, contrary to what the president suggests. The mother of the fallen soldier says that she “heard the full conversation” and Wilson’s statement is true.
Watch video of Trump’s latest comments on the matter below.
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