The latest controversy surrounding Donald Trump is ridiculously low, even for him.
After Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson described extremely insensitive comments she claimed to have heard Trump made while speaking to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson — a soldier who was killed in Niger — Trump said the recollection of the incident was “totally fabricated.”
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Now, despite Trump claiming to have proof he didn’t tell Johnson’s wife her husband “knew what he signed up for” multiple times, the soldier’s mother told The Washington Post she heard the call and Trump did disrespect her family.
On Wednesday morning Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, reportedly confirmed Trump’s insensitive comments to the publication, explaining, “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.”
Though she declined to elaborate further, when The Post asked if Wilson’s account of the conversation between Trump and Johnson’s widow was accurate, she said, “Yes.”
Earlier this morning after Trump tweeted he had proof that would refute Wilson’s initial accusation of his insensitive words, the congresswoman announced she stood by her account and was not alone in her disappointment.
On Wednesday Wilson told MSNBC that Johnson’s widow “was crying the whole time” she spoke to Trump on the phone and claims that when she hung up with him she said, “He didn’t even remember his name.”
Since the congresswoman opened up about the phone call many have shown their disgust and shock at the thought that the President of the United States could say something that possesses such little empathy in the face of this sensitive situation.
16. More importantly, it sends this message to troops: If you’re looking for support from the White House, you know what you signed up for.
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) October 18, 2017
If he’s this cold about the death of an American soldier, how can we expect thoughtful deliberation about say, war with Iran or North Korea?
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 18, 2017
Chelsea Clinton simply tweeted an article about Trump’s hurtful comments and offered her condolences to Mrs. Johnson and her family.
And of course, former White House photographer Pete Souza was there to not-so-subtly shade Trump. Not long after Trump addressed the phone call on Twitter, Souza shared a timely photograph on Instagram of the Obama family visiting the burial site of troops who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trump also recently came under fire for falsely claiming Obama never called the families of fallen soldiers during his time in office, and after his tweet people were quick to call attention to other past unsupported claims.
At the White House on Wednesday, Trump verbally denied he said what Wilson accused him of saying to “the woman” and “the wife.”
“I’d like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said,” Trump said.
Wilson later tweeted again to tell Trump she still stands by her account and remind him Johnson’s widow’s name is Myeshia Johnson, not “the woman” or “the wife.”
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