Trump 'insensitive' in call to fallen soldier widow: Congresswoman

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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)".

She added: "Basically he said: "Well I guess he knew what he signed up for but I guess it still hurt". Congresswoman Wilson was traveling with his widow as she went to collect his body at the airport.

Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida on Tuesday said Trump told Myeshia Johnson - the widow of Sgt. "To me that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn't say that to a grieving widow", Wilson told WPLG in Miami.

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".

Trump asserted that former President Barack Obama didn't call families of fallen service members, a claim that aides of the former administration slammed as "an outrageous and disrespectful lie". "He said, 'No other president has ever done something like this, ' but he said, 'I'm going to do it'".

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. Trump has since received criticism for the remarks he made to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt.

The White House said Wednesday that a check has been sent. He said, "Well, I guess you knew" - something to the effect that 'he knew what he was getting into when he signed up, but I guess it hurts anyway.' You know, just matter-of-factly, that this is what happens, anyone who is signing up for military duty is signing up to die.

The president's response shocked him. What's different is that Trump picked a political fight over who's done better to honour the war dead and their families.

"Those interactions in some ways I think reveal you for who you are", Holder said. You can say, 'I'm so sorry for your loss.

It is unclear why Mr Trump offered a personal check for that amount when family members of fallen soldiers are eligible for payments the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance scheme. "You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?"

Jack Kingston, a Trump surrogate on CNN, said that one of the soldiers who was killed in Niger, Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright, was one of his constituents when he served in Congress. Kingston said that his father told him that during a phone call, Trump "listened to me and my concerns, no complaints". Trump said on Fox News radio. "I know the president, this would be no problem, he would make these calls".

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