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Trump Hits Back At Congresswoman Over Remarks To Soldier's Widow

His comments to the widow of a slain soldier have created a firestorm.

Trump Hits Back At Congresswoman Over Remarks To Soldier's Widow
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After facing severe criticism for falsely stating on Monday that Obama didn’t call the grieving families of fallen soldiers, President Trump blundered his words of consolation when he called the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson on Tuesday. According to a Florida congresswoman, he told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

The phone call took place after twelve days of silence since Sgt. Johnson and three other Green Berets were killed in action in Niger, and only after the media questioned Trump on Monday on why he hadn’t contacted the families yet.

Representative Frederica Wilson was in the car with Myeshia Johnson when Trump called, and heard the president say that Sgt. Johnson “knew what he signed up for… but when it happens, it hurts anyway.” Myeshia Johnson cried after the brief five minute phone call, the Washington Post reports. "He didn’t even remember his name," Johnson said to Wilson.

Wilson wanted to curse out the president while listening. “It’s so insensitive. He should not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it,” the representative told a local news station.

Moments later, Myeshia Johnson received her husband’s remains at the Miami International Airport. The president was not available to greet her or the other grieving families.

Wilson took Trump to task on Twitter Tuesday evening: "Sgt. La David Johnson is a hero. @realDonaldTrump does not possess the character, empathy or grace to be president of the United States."

The following Wednesday morning, Trump responded to the criticism by calling the congresswoman a liar: “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”

Wilson wasn't deterred from her remarks, responding that she and Johnson were not alone when the president called, and that others heard his comments: "I stand my account of the call with and was not the only one who heard and was dismayed by his insensitive remarks."

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