Sunday, 19 November, 2017

White House Reportedly Drafted Niger Sympathy Statement That Trump Never Used

Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: 'He knew what he signed up for' Trump reportedly calls widow of soldier killed in Niger, says 'he knew what he signed up for'
Freda Brock | 19 October, 2017, 17:09

In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson's description of the call was "fabricated".

"She has just lost her husband, she was just told that he can not have an open casket funeral which gives her all kinds of nightmares about what his body must look, what his face must look, and this is what the president of the United States says to her", Wilson told CNN. La David T. Johnson, one of four soldiers killed in Niger after an ambush on October 4, and listening by speakerphone when Trump called to offer condolences on Tuesday.

Donald Trump has denied making insensitive remarks to the grieving widow of a man killed in Niger.

"The President is the one who politicized a Gold Star family, and he continues a trend that began from even before he was elected", she said.

The Johnsons also have a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

Trump has been criticized this week over his handling of a phone call with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. "La David Johnson", the congresswoman said.

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If you'd like to donate to the Johnson family, a GoFundMe page has been created to provide money for his children's college educations. President George W. Bush's and Obama's aides reacted on Twitter and on The Huffington Post saying the president misspoke.

Mr Trump took almost two weeks to call the families to express his condolences. On Monday, Trump said he'd written letters that hadn't yet been mailed; his aides said they had been awaiting information on the soldiers before proceeding. The White House says that check is in the mail.

"Yes, he said it", Wilson said.

"This is a no-win for the president, but I also think this is his staff's fault", he said, arguing enough priority wasn't put on briefing the president on the deaths of soldiers. What's different is that Trump, alone among them, has suggested he's done a better job of honoring the war dead and their families. Trump said he has "proof" that the conversation did not happen as recounted by Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D.) He did not elaborate, but the claim again raised questions about whether the president tapes calls and conversations. "I know the president, this would be no problem, he would make these calls".

"We are also praying for the two USA service members who were injured in the incident".

"I wish he hadn't talked about Kelly's son", said a source close to the administration who noted that the whole objective of Monday's press conference was to present Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a unified front.

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