President Donald Trump called the widow of a soldier who passed away in Niger and informed her he “ understood exactly what he registered for, ” inning accordance with a congresswoman who overheard the discussion.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) stated she was with Myeshia Johnson in a cars and truck taking a trip to satisfy the coffin of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, when Trump satisfied his pledge to call the households of soldiers eliminated in action. Wilson stated she heard part of Trump’ s contact speakerphone.
“Basically he stated, Well, I think he understood exactly what he registered for. I think it still harm.’ That’s exactly what he stated,” Wilson stated in an interview with CNN.
Trump rejected the congresswoman’ s account of the discussion.
“ Democrat Congresswoman absolutely made exactly what I stated to the spouse of a soldier who passed away in action(and I have evidence). Unfortunate! ” Trump composed on Twitter.
Democrat Congresswoman absolutely made exactly what I stated to the partner of a soldier who passed away in action (and I have evidence). Unfortunate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
It was not instantly clear exactly what Trump ’ s “ evidence ” was. he has actually made claims of having tapes of discussions in the previous prior to rejecting that they existed.
Johnson was among 4 soldiers eliminated in Niger after an ambush, inning accordance with authorities.
When inquired about the attack previously today, Trump declared that previous President Barack Obama and others did not call the households of soldiers that passed away throughout battle , a claim that was knocked by previous staffers and was quickly backtracked by Trump.
After Trump’ s rejection of stating that Johnson “ understood exactly what he registered for ” Wilson informed CNN that she had “ no need to lie ” about exactly what he stated .
“ I ’ m not attempting to show anything with the president, ” she stated. “ So the president, obviously, is lying. Due to the fact that exactly what I stated holds true. I have no need to lie. ”
Wilson stated the widow “ broke down ” after getting the call from Trump.
“ She stated, ‘ he didn ’ t even understand his name, ’ ” Wilson remembered.
Rep. Wilson states the widow “”broke down” “after her call with Trump, stating “”he didn'' t even understand his name”” https://t.co/NH32B5q7pC
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 18, 2017