President Donald Trump is in hot water with the family of a fallen soldier.
On Tuesday, Trump called the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger earlier this month, to offer his condolences for her husband’s death. She was on her way to Miami International Airport at the time to receive her husband’s body.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was present for the call and alleged Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”
The comment was the crux of controversy late Tuesday and early Wednesday after the Miami Herald published a story about Trump’s alleged remarks.
What did Trump say about it?
Trump denied making the remark. He wrote on Twitter that he has “proof” that he didn’t.
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
According to the Washington Post, Trump said Wednesday that Wilson is lying and she knows it. He said:
“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said; didn’t say it all. She knows it. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was — sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that,” he said.
Who is telling the truth?
If you ask Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, Wilson is telling the truth and Trump is not.
She told the Post that she also heard the phone call and heard Trump tell her daughter-in-law exactly what Wilson claimed.
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.