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Trump disputed a lawmaker's claim he told a soldier's widow 'he knew what he signed up for'

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Updated October 18, 2017 07:38 AM EDT

President Trump on Wednesday said that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) "totally fabricated" what he recently said to a fallen soldier's widow.

Wilson on Tuesday said that she overheard Trump tell Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow that "he knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens, it hurts anyways."

Johnson was one of four U.S. soldiers killed during an Oct. 4 ambush by Islamic militants in Niger.

President Trump recently told a fallen soldier’s widow that “he knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyways,” according to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

Wilson on Tuesday told Local 10 News that she overheard Trump’s comment to Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow the same day.

Johnson was one of four U.S. soldiers killed during an Oct. 4 ambush by Islamic militants in Niger.

“Yes, he said it,” Wilson said of Trump’s remarks. “It’s so insensitive. He should not have said that. He shouldn’t have said that.”

Wilson said Trump called Myeshia Johnson around 4:45 p.m. local time in Miami and spoke with the widow for roughly five minutes.

Myeshia Johnson is expecting her third child with La David Johnson in January, and she is the mother of his surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

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Trump’s conversation with Myeshia Johnson happened before her husband’s remains arrived at Miami International Airport late Tuesday.

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Wilson said she watched Myeshia Johnson lean over the U.S. flag draped over her husband’s casket and sobbed uncontrollably.

Myeshia Johnson’s daughter stood next to her stoically, Wilson added, while her son was in the arms of a nearby relative.

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The White House on Tuesday declined to comment to Local 10 News about Trump’s discussion with Myeshia Johnson.

“The president’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private,” a top advisor said.

La David Johnson, 25, died nearly two weeks ago while fighting alongside the Green Berets during a mission in Niger.

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Trump said during a Monday press conference that he had sent handwritten letters to the families of all four military personnel killed in Niger, including La David Johnson’s.

The president faced criticism, however, after claiming former President Barack Obama and some of his other predecessors “didn’t make calls” to fallen service members’ families.

Trump said later Monday that he was “told” Obama did not call the families of fallen soldiers often.

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