Trump disputes military widow's account of condolence call

Pablo Martinez Monsivais  AP

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Rep. Wilson, a Florida congresswoman, says she was in the auto with Myeshia Johnson on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of Johnson's husband when Trump called.

Myeshia Johnson, wife of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was among four special forces soldiers killed in Niger, kisses his coffin at a graveside service in Hollywood, Florida, October 21, 2017. La David Johnson, discussed her disappointment with the call on "Good Morning America" Monday morning, saying the President stumbled on her husband's name and suggesting the only reason he knew it was because the report was right in front of him. "It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it", she said.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "I did not say what she [Ms Wilson] said".

Johnson also said she has received little information about her husband's death and complained she has not been able to see his body. "I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt".

I've been in politics a long time and most things don't bother me, you know, it just rolls off my back I've been lied on before, but the character assassination that he went through to call me out of my name, an empty barrel, and all of the work that I've done in this community.

Mr Trump last week accused Ms Wilson of fabricating what he said during the call, tweeting that he had "proof" that this was the case. "What she said was 100 percent correct".

Don't need to stand up to prove patriotism: SC
The court had made it mandatory for all those in the cinemas to stand up as a sign of respect when the anthem is played. Later, in December 2016, the court modified its order to say that handicapped persons need not stand up.

There are now no plans for the administration to reach out to Sgt. Johnson's family again, a White House official said.

The row had escalated when Mr Trump suggested that former President Barack Obama had not called the family of his chief of staff, General John Kelly, when their son was killed in Afghanistan.

The phone call between the president and Johnson has been a source of controversy for a week now, since Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who listened in on the call, revealed details of the conversation. "Why couldn't I see my husband? I don't know what's in that box", she said. And Johnson said her uncle-in-law was Wilson's elementary school principal. I'm getting sick and exhausted of this so-called politician using my husband as a political platform.

She added, "I think that he has to admit what he did was incorrect in terms of the speech he mischaracterized".

His godsister, Lakia Smith, said Johnson would always come watch her at cheerleading practice.

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