‘Made me cry’: War widow’s fury as Trump forgets soldier's name
THE widow of a US Army sergeant killed in combat said Donald Trump made her "upset and cry" because he couldn't remember her fallen husband's name during a controversial condolence call.
"It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. He couldn't remember my husband's name," Myeisha Johnson said during an interview on US program Good Morning America overnight.
"The only way he remembered my husband's name was because he told me he had my husband's report in front of him - that's when he actually said La David."
"I need to see my husband. I haven't seen him since he came home." - widow of Sgt. La David Johnson says she hasn't been allowed to see body pic.twitter.com/2SM55xZfLf— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017
"I heard him stumbling trying to remember my husband's name," Mrs Johnson said. "And that's what hurt me the most. Because if my husband is out fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name? And that's what made me upset and cry even more, because my husband was an awesome soldier."
Mr Trump called Johnson last Tuesday as she and family members and Democratic Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson, a friend, drove to Miami International Airport to meet the body of her husband, Sergeant La David Johnson, who had been killed in Africa on October 4 along with three other soldiers.
The widow said they put Mr Trump on speakerphone so that her aunt and uncle could hear the conversation.
"What he said was ….'He knew what he signed up for - but it hurts anyway,'" she said in the interview.
Mr Trump responded to Mrs Johnson's comments on Twitter, denying he forgot her husband's name on the call.
"I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!"
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
The phone call set off a firestorm of controversy when Congresswoman Wilson, a Florida Democrat, said Mr Trump's remarks were insensitive.
Mr Trump shot back at Congresswoman Wilson saying that she "fabricated" his comments.
But Mrs Johnson, a pregnant mother of two, stood behind Congresswoman Wilson's version of the conversation.
"Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated. Whatever she said was 100 per cent correct," she said.
"The phone was on speakerphone. Why would we fabricate anything like that?"
Asked if she would like to tell Mr Trump anything.
She replied, "Nothing to say to him."
Mrs Johnson, 25, and three other soldiers - Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright, Sergeant Bryan Black, and Staff Sergeant. Jeremiah Johnson - were killed October 4 in Niger during an ambush carried out by militants believe linked to the Islamic State.
The widow said she still doesn't know exactly what happened to her husband in Africa.
"When they came to my house, they just told me that it was a massive gunfire and my husband as of October 4 was missing," she said. "They didn't know his whereabouts, they didn't know where he was or where to find him."
She said a couple of days later the military officials returned to inform her that her husband was "killed in action."
"I don't how he got killed, where he got killed, or anything. I don't know that part. That's what I've been trying to find out since, day one, October 4," she said.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished with permission.