Trump under fire over call to fallen soldier's widow

Congresswoman Trump told soldier's widow'he knew what he signed up for

Alex Wong/2010 Getty Images Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson

"Didn't say it at all, she knows it". Make sure you keep your balance.

Sgt Johnson, 25, was among the four USA soldiers killed in 4 October in an area where Islamist militants, including al-Qaeda fighters, operate. On Monday, Trump said some of his predecessors "didn't do anything" to console relatives of fallen soldiers, drawing widespread criticism. La David T. Johnson scholarship will benefit his children by providing money to their college education.

"When she hung up the phone she looked at me and said, 'He didn't even know his name.' Now that's the worst part", Wilson told CNN.

Trump called Wilson's comment "fabricated" in a Wednesday morning tweet, but Johnson's mother ultimately backed up the congresswoman's claim, telling the Washington Post that "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband".

At Wednesday's press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was not recording of the call but several people were present when the president made the call, including Kelly, who, according to her, thought the call was completely appropriate and respectful. His mother, Laura Butler, and family spokesman Bill Boyle say Trump has not called. "A lot of us have had to do it, and you never forget it", retired US Army Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, said on MSNBC.

This weekend, friends and family members will hold a "WHEELIE KING 305" parade to remember Johnson, his wife, Myeshia Johnson, wrote on Facebook. They largely insisted that more attention is only disrespectful to grieving families.

Trump's posture has been defensive in recent days after he was criticized for not reaching out right away to relatives of the soldiers killed in Niger.

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The campaign was created by Myeshia Johnson.

Trump referenced Kelly's situation Tuesday in arguing former President Barack Obama did not call every Gold Star family in explaining why he had not yet reached out to the family of the dead Green Beret, Army Sgt.

Kelly is "intensely private about not only his own service but certainly what happened to his son", Panetta said. "From him - not the vice president". Trump compared his actions to past presidents and said past presidents have not always contacted families of those killed in action. On Monday, Trump said he'd written letters that hadn't yet been mailed; his aides they had been awaiting information on the soldiers before proceeding.

"The family is very careful that they do not want to be pulled into a partisan slugfest", Boyle said. "I asked the family to give me the phone so that I could, but they wouldn't", Wilson said in the statement. "Everybody treats me like gold, salutes me, takes off their hats for me", she said. Footage of the flag-draped casket with Johnson's remains arriving at Miami International Airport - and his widow's emotional reaction - has been playing on a loop on television news since Tuesday. "You don't say that". She said she finally wrote a letter to Trump about six weeks ago, to tell him she and her husband still suffer from deep grief, but there's been no reply. Neither did Trump after he took office that month. You can say, 'I'm so sorry for your loss. "I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly did he get a call from Obama".

He went so far Tuesday as to cite the death of chief of staff John Kelly's son in Afghanistan to question whether Obama had properly honored the war dead.

In his claims, Trump made no distinction between combat and non-combat deaths.

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