The mother of a U.S. soldier who was recently killed in Niger says that President Trump showed her family “disrespect” despite his claims to the contrary.
Army Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, was one of four American military members who were killed during an Oct. 4 ambush by Islamic militants.
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Cowanda Jones-Johnson told The Washington Post Wednesday.
Jones-Johnson also replied “yes” when asked if Rep. Frederica Wilson’s (D-FL) account of the conversation between Trump and her family was accurate.
Trump on Wednesday tweeted that Wilson had “totally fabricated” what he said to La David Johnson’s widow the day before.
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a solider who died in action (and I have proof),” he wrote. “Sad!”
Wilson on Tuesday told Local 10 News that she overheard Trump’s remark to Myeshia Johnson the same day.
Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyways,” according to Wilson.
“Yes, he said it,” she said of Trump’s remarks. “It’s so insensitive. He should not have said that. He shouldn’t have said that.”
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.
Trump’s conversation with Myeshia Johnson occurred before her husband’s remains arrived at Miami International Airport late Tuesday.
Trump said during a Monday press conference that he had sent handwritten letters to the families of all four soldiers killed in Niger, including La David Johnson’s.
The president sparked backlash, however, after claiming former President Barack Obama and some of predecessors “didn’t make calls” to former service members’ families.
Trump said later Monday that he was “told” Obama did not call the families of fallen soldiers often.