Trump defends call to fallen soldier’s widow
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Trump defends call to fallen soldier’s widow

US president tweets that he had ‘respectful conversation’ with La David Johnson’s widow and that he remembered his name ‘without hesitation!’

US President Donald Trump waits for a meeting with the UN Secretary General in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 20, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski)
US President Donald Trump waits for a meeting with the UN Secretary General in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 20, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski)

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump defended his call to a fallen soldier’s widow in a Monday tweet, saying he was “respectful” and did not forget the slain soldier’s name.

Trump addressed the call on Twitter Monday after Myeshia Johnson, La David Johnson’s widow, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She said that in Trump’s call to her last week he “couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”

Johnson added: “The only way he could remember my husband’s name was he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said La David.”

On Twitter, Trump said: “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”

Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four American military personnel killed in Niger nearly two weeks ago whose families had not heard from Trump until Tuesday. Representative Frederica Wilson said that Trump told the widow that Johnson “knew what he signed up for.”

The Florida Democrat said she was in the car with the widow, Myeshia Johnson, on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body when Trump called. La David Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the congresswoman’s account was correct.

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