Rep. Frederica Wilson: John Kelly Owes Me An Apology

24 October, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket in Miami of her husband Sgt La David Johnson who was killed in an ambush in Niger

In a Twitter post on Monday soon after the interview aired, Trump said, "I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt". La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. Army soldiers killed in an ambush attack in Niger, gathered on Saturday at Christ the Rock Church in Cooper City to say their final farewells to the young man they consider a hero. Asked if she had anything to say to Trump now, Johnson said, "No, I don't have nothing to say to him".

She added: 'I want the world to know how great of a soldier my husband was, and a loving and caring father and husband he was to our family'.

In a call that was put on speakerphone, Trump spoke to Myeshia Johnson and said the fallen soldier "knew what he signed up for", according to Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who first told reporters about what was said on the condolence call.

CNN reports that Johnson, 25, was raised by his aunt and her husband in South Florida after Johnson's mother died in 1999. "It made me cry, because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and couldn't remember my husband's name". "He couldn't remember my husband's name".

Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, told ABC News it was the president's "stumbling" that had "hurt her the most".

That Trump said the widow's husband, Sgt.


"Whatever Miss Wilson said was not fabricated".

The ensuing debate has focused on attacks against Republican Frederica Wilson that have proved to be inaccurate but that the White House has refused to back away from, with the latest episode ensnaring Chief of Staff John Kelly, a decorated retired marine general. And just after Johnson's wife Myeshia Johnson arrived with the couple's 6 year-old daughter and 2 year-old son, it started to pour which only made the day feel even more somber. La David Johnson was in a mentoring program for black youth in Miami that Wilson started.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended Trump, indicating that making such a phone call was hard under any circumstances. Johnson said everyone in the vehicle was listening to Trump's call.

Ms Wilson, who was by Mrs Johnson's side during the conversation, later said the billionaire "does not possess the character, empathy or grace to be President of the United States".

The widow also said that the military has told her little about what happened in Niger, and that she is upset that she has not been allowed to see her husband's body. It could be empty for all I know.

Trump denied the second claim in a tweet.

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