Why Trump Just Accused a Grieving War Widow of Lying

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The phone call first sparked controversy last week as Democrat congresswoman Frederica Wilson claimed Mr Trump told Sgt Johnson's widow that the soldier "knew what he signed up for".

La David Johnson said the phone call she received from President Donald Trump before meeting her husband's body at Dover Air Force Base made her more upset as the president struggled to remember her spouse's name.

Trump responded on Twitter Monday morning, saying he spoke Sgt. Johnson's name "without hesitation!"

The president "said that 'he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways, '" Johnson recounted. "No", she said. "I don't have nothing to say to him".

CNN reports that Johnson, 25, was raised by his aunt and her husband in South Florida after Johnson's mother died in 1999.

On Monday, Myeshia Johnson called Wilson's telling of the conversation "100 percent correct".

"So, he loved everybody - he was a peaceful person", she said.

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The ensuing debate has focused on attacks against Republican Frederica Wilson that have proved to be inaccurate but that the White House has refused to back away from, with the latest episode ensnaring Chief of Staff John Kelly, a decorated retired Marine general. "It made me cry, because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and couldn't remember my husband's name".

Following the perverse logic of Trumpism, it was only a matter of time before the president clashed with Myeshia Johnson herself.

The mom of three still has questions about her husband's death. "I know my husband's body from head to toe". It could be empty for all I know. "I don't have nothing to say to him".

On the day of Johnson's funeral, the president continued to tweet about Rep. Wilson, calling her "wacky", which many found the height of disrespect as well as a distraction from the unusual circumstances surrounding Johnson's death.

The deal took place while Clinton was secretary of State, but her campaign and former State Department officials have said she was not involved in the approval process. In a letter to Congress in June, President Trump confirmed there were 645 military personnel deployed there to support counter-terrorism missions.

Johnson, who was laid to rest Saturday, was one of four US soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger on October 4. Johnson said she wants the world to know "how great of a soldier my husband was". Not only does he owe me an apology but he owes an apology to the American people, because when he lied on me he lied to them, and I don't think that's fair, and I think that's wrong.