Trump 'insensitive' in call to fallen soldier widow: Congresswoman
- Author: Kyle Peterson Oct 20, 2017,
Oct 20, 2017, 0:21
"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", Wilson said. His widow, Myeshia, is expecting the couple's third child.
The White House did not confirm or deny Wilson's account on Tuesday. But you don't remind a grieving widow of that.
"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Ms Jones-Johnson said.
Mr Trump had been criticised for not contacting the families of the four soldiers killed right away.
The Florida Democrat said she was in the auto with the widow, Myeshia Johnson, on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body when Trump called.
The calls followed Trump's claims Monday and Tuesday that his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama, had not often made such calls to families. What's different is that Trump picked a political fight over who's done better to honour the war dead and their families. Trump said on Fox News radio.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked about the back-and-forth during Wednesday's press conference, said Trump "took the time to make a call, express condolences and thank the family for this individual's service, and I think it, frankly, is a disgrace of the media to try to portray an act of - kindness like that, and that gesture, try to make it into something that it isn't".
Trump allies said that criticism of the president's comments did not describe the man they know. "Didn't sai (say) it at all", Trump told reporters at the White House hours later, insisting that he had a "very nice" conversation with the widow. According to Florida Rep. Fredericka Wilson, Trump told Johnson during a phone call that her husband "knew what he signed up for".
Sam Nunberg, an early Trump adviser during the election, put the blame elsewhere. "He said, 'No other president has ever done something like this, ' but he said, 'I'm going to do it'". "That made me mad in a way that few other things have". "(Trump) turned it to previous presidents and whether they called or didn't call or reached out or didn't reach out", Baier explained.
Democratic senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was attacked, said: "I just wish that this commander in chief would stop using Gold Star families as pawns in whatever sick game he's trying to play here". "If you don't talk about it, the story would go away". She didn't say nothing except when he got ready to hang up she said he was calling him 'Your guy.' He didn't even know his name.