Donald Trump Allegedly Told the Widow of a Soldier That He Knew What "He Signed Up For"
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Ten months into this presidency and there’s one thing that seems obvious at this point: President Donald Trump doesn’t do empathy well.
On Tuesday, Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson revealed that she was in the room when Donald Trump called Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was one of four U.S. service members killed in an ambush by militants in Niger on October 4th.
According to Wilson, in the conversation, which lasted three to five minutes, Trump told Johnson, multiple times, “But you know he must’ve known what he signed up for.”
When speaking about the moment, Wilson said:
“Everyone knows when you go to war you could possibly not come back alive but you don’t remind a grieving widow of that. That’s so insensitive.”
NBC News sent an email asking Wilson to confirm the comment. She did, writing back:
“I wanted to curse him out. I asked the family to give me the phone so that I could, but they wouldn’t. It was almost like saying, ‘You signed up to do this, and if you didn’t want to die, shouldn’t have signed up.'”
On Wednesday morning, Trump responded to Wilson on Twitter. He denied the claim:
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
In more important news, a GoFundMe has been set up to support Johnson’s children. At this time, almost $200,000 have been donated to the page.