Sgt. La David Johnson's Widow Says Trump Forgot Her Husband's Name
The widow of a soldier who was killed in Niger earlier this month has spoken out on a call she received from Donald Trump about her husband’s death.
Myeshia Johnson criticized Trump’s call, saying that he failed to “remember my husband’s name,” U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson.
“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country why can’t you remember his name,” Johnson said in an interview with ABC News. “That’s what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier.”
After Johnson’s interview was released, Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the widow’s account of the phone call, saying that they had a “respectful conversation” and he spoke Sgt. Johnson’s name “from the beginning” and “without hesitation.”
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
However, Rep. Frederica Wilson defended Johnson’s account of the conversation. The Florida Democratic representative was accompanying the widow to Dover Air Force Base when Trump called her, with Johnson putting the call on speakerphone so Wilson could hear too.
“I heard him say, ‘Well I guess you know he knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts,'” Wilson said.
Johnson has yet to see her husband’s corpse, as well as still does not know how he was killed.
“I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband,” she said. “They won’t show me a finger, a hand; I know my husband’s body from head-to-toe and they won’t let me see anything.”
“I don’t know how he got killed, where he got killed or anything,” she added. “I don’t know that part; they never told me and that’s what I’ve been trying to find out since day one, since October fourth.”