The widow of a U.S. soldier says that Trump's call 'made me cry even worse'
From mocking a disabled reporter to discriminating against an entire demographic when he tried to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, President Trump really has managed to ruffle a lot of feathers over the past year or so. And, just when we think he couldn't possibly go any further, he proves us wrong.
His most recent foot-in-mouth moment came after the tragic deaths of four American soldiers at the beginning of this month. The troops were killed during an ambush in Niger on October 4th, but Trump did not publicly comment on the attack until he was directly questioned about it on October 16th - at which point he tried to deflect his inaction by claiming that Obama, along with other former presidents, did not call the families of slain soldiers.
This was later proven to be false.
In the 12 days that passed between the attack and Trump's acknowledgement of it, the president played golf several times, tweeted about "fake news", and made a few poor excuses about the lack of help going to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. This urged many to ask what exactly he considered a priority in his presidency, and why he had time to make petty remarks about the NFL, but not to call the families of soldiers killed in the line of duty.
However, when he eventually got round to calling Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed in Niger, President Trump only made things worse.
According to Myeshia, Trump "couldn’t remember [her] husband’s name," and said that La David, "knew what he signed up for."
This claim was backed up by Rep. Frederica Wilson, who was in the car with Myeshia when she received the call from the president. Speaking to NBC6, Wilson expressed her shock at Trump's words:
"How could you say that to a grieving widow? I couldn’t believe ... and he said [he knew what he signed up for] 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.”
Myeshia's aunt was also present, and has further supported her niece's statement on what Trump said.
Of course, the president was quick to deny these claims - but even in a press conference on the matter he fails to name La David, and refers to Myseshia as "the woman, the widow".
Instead of admitting his mistake, Trump continued to deny the claims and accused others of fabricating the whole story - effectively calling the widow of a fallen soldier a liar. He has also attacked Wilson on more personal grounds, calling her "wacky" and accusing her of "killing the Democrat party".
Myeshia, who has not even been fully informed of the circumstances of her husband's death, said that the call left her, "very hurt and upset," and, "made her cry even worse."
Recalling the news of her husband's death, Mrs. Johnson said:
“When they came to my house they just told me that it was a massive gunfire and my husband as of October fourth was missing. They didn’t know his whereabouts, they didn’t know where he was. And a couple of days later they told me he went from missing to killed in action. I don’t know how he got killed, where he got killed, anything.
"They told he was in a severe wrap and I wouldn’t be able to see him. I know my husband’s body from head to toe and they won’t let me see anything. I don’t know what’s in that box, it could be empty from head to toe."
Even today, Trump is unable to drop the matter, and has not yet issued an apology to Mrs. Johnson for any offence he caused. Despite claiming he has "proof" that he named La David in the call, he has yet to disclose it.
Evidently, there is still much more to the story than most people are willing to admit - but it seems unlikely that Trump will admit fault any time soon.