Late Soldier’s Mother: ‘Trump Did Disrespect My Son’

Alex Pfeiffer | White House Correspondent

The mother of a dead soldier told The Washington Post Wednesday that President Donald Trump disrespected her son and her family when he called to express his condolences.

Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson also said she overheard Trump tell the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.”

Wilson then went on MSNBC Wednesday and said that Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, was in tears after speaking with the president.

“She was crying the whole time, and when she hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name,'” The Florida congresswoman said.

The president denied this account in a tweet Wednesday. “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof),” Trump wrote. “Sad!”

The White House did not return a request for comment regarding what sort of proof the president has.

Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Post that Wilson’s version of the conversation is accurate. “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.

Johnson died in Niger on Oct. 4. He was a driver with the U.S. Army Special Forces and was killed in an ambush that left four dead.


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