President Trump Sends $25000 Check to Gold Star Family

20 October, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Donald Trump says he has proof congresswoman 'fabricated' his remarks to fallen soldier's widow

He declared on Twitter: "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)". After telling Fox News' Brian Kilmeade he had "called every family of someone who's died", the Associated Press reported accounts by fallen soldiers' families who had never received such calls.

Asked by reporters about an earlier tweet saying he had "proof" of what he said, Mr Trump said: "Let her [Wilson] make her statement again and you'll find out".

The Florida Democrat then told MSNBC Wednesday morning that the soldier's widow was "crying the whole time" and that when she hung up the phone, she looked at Wilson and said, "He didn't even remember his name".

The Florida Democrat said she was in the vehicle with the widow, Myeshia Johnson, on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body when Trump called.

President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day.

Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that she was in the vehicle during the call from the White House and that "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband".

Sergeant La David Johnson was one of four United States military personnel killed almost two weeks ago whose families had not heard from Mr Trump until Tuesday.


Trump on Monday falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama didn't call the families of fallen service members while he was in office, but when pressed admitted that he didn't know Obama's practice.

"Mr. President, you crossed the line there", Holder said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper".

"A lot of them didn't make calls", Mr Trump had said.

Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant and mother to Johnson's two children, took Trump's call at 4:45 p.m., just before Johnson's body arrived at Miami International Airport.

The White House said Wednesday that a check has been sent.

Also on Wednesday, Trump feuded with a congresswoman over her account of a call he made to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger earlier this month. But Baldridge hasn't gotten it, which means it may well not have been sent until the Post made inquiries. But you don't remind a grieving widow of that.

The president's response shocked him. "It really in a very real way not only hurts I think both John Kelly and his family, but it demeans the presidency". What's different is that Trump, alone among them, has suggested he's done a better job of honoring the war dead and their families. "That made me mad in a way that few other things have".

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