Soldier's widow angry at Trump, defends Congress member's account of condolence call

Pablo Martinez Monsivais  AP

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

"[I was] very upset and hurt; it made me cry even worse", Myeshia Johnson told "Good Morning America" about her conversation with the president, adding she has "nothing to say" to him. "I'm gonna remember that bike", she said.

Johnson, 25, was one of four U.S. Special Forces - or Green Berets - killed in Niger when they were attacked October 4 by militants tied to the Islamic State.

In a tweet Monday morning, Trump described the conversation as "very respectful" and claimed he spoke La David Johnson's name from the "beginning, without hesitation!" "She was crying the whole time, and when she hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, 'He didn't even remember his name.' That's the hurting part", Wilson said during an interview with MSNBC.

The row had escalated when Mr Trump suggested that former President Barack Obama had not called the family of his chief of staff, General John Kelly, when their son was killed in Afghanistan. "He couldn't remember m husband's name", Johnson told host George Stephanopoulos. "That's my brother and I love my brother and I know he love my sisters".

Myeshia Johnson appeared to confirm Ms Wilson's assertion that Mr Trump said her husband had known what he had signed up for when joining the military.

Trump accused Wilson of fabricating the story, but we all know who the liar was.

Johnson, who is expecting a daughter this January, said she's still waiting for answers regarding the circumstances of her husband's death. La David Johnson's widow, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), said Kelly had "to admit what he did was incorrect in terms of the speech he mischaracterized".

"It made me cry because I was very angry about the tone of his voice and how he said it", Johnson said. Wilson was riding with Johnson's family to meet the body and heard the call on speakerphone. "I don't know what's in that box".

Critics said the episode reflects Mr Trump's continued efforts to avoid scrutiny of his conduct in office by casting blame elsewhere.

"Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated", she said. "I haven't seen him since he came home". "It could be empty for all I know". Wilson meanwhile urged Trump to learn Myeshia's name, and instead of doubling down on rhetoric via the Twitter war of words, the president should offer words of comfort and kindness and compassion.

"I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband".

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