Outrage after Trump told grieving army widow her husband knew "what he signed up for"
I think it's safe to say that we have become a little desensitised to whatever President Trump has to say these days. Whether he's making crude remarks to women, lobbing insensitive comments at neighboring counties or using his thumbs too vigorously and spelling out "covfefe", it's evident that none of us really know what the 45th President of the United States is going on about most of the time.
And when we do understand what he's talking about, it tends to be because it's something negative. Certainly, the 45th President of the United States recently sparked mass outrage after he told a grieving army widow that her husband knew "what he signed up for".
Florida congresswoman, Frederica Wilson has described the moment when Donald Trump made an "insensitive" phone call to a pregnant widow whose soldier husband was killed during an ambush in Niger.
Wilson, who was in the car with Myeshia Johnson when she received the call from the U.S. President, clarified that Trump placed the call on Tuesday and spoke with Johnson for around five minutes. Within these five minutes, however, Donald Trump was able to not only offend Myeshia, but countless other people too.
Speaking to NBC6, Wilson stated, "Sarcastically [Trump] said: ‘But you know he must have known what he signed up for.' How could you say that to a grieving widow? I couldn’t believe... and he said it more than once. I said this man has no feelings for anyone. This is a young woman with child who is grieved to her soul," the congresswoman continued.
Later, Wilson took to Twitter to write, "Sgt. La David Johnson is a hero. @realDonaldTrump does not possess the character, empathy or grace to be president of the United States."
Wilson then told CNN that the wider Floridian community was outraged by Trump's comments and regarded Myeshia Johnson's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson as a "local hero":
“We don’t have many heroes in our young men in Miami-Dade County, but he was a hero for us. I asked them to give me the phone, because I wanted to speak with him. And I was going to curse him out. That was my reaction... I was livid.”
The White House has not, as of yet, released an official statement in response to these allegations.
It's been reported that four Green Berets were killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month, and that two others were left wounded. After being questioned about why he hadn't addressed the deaths publicly or talked to the grieving families, Trump stated on Monday that he had written personal letters and that he planned to make phone calls later.
The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, confirmed late on Tuesday that the President had called all four families affected. She wrote: "@POTUS spoke to the families of those KIA in Niger to offer condolences on behalf of the country. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Well, I think Donald Trump needs to heed some simple motherly advice: if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.