On Monday, President Donald Trump contradicted the account of Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow and insisted that the two had a “respectful conversation.”
“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” Trump tweeted out.
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
His tweet was a response to an interview given by Myeshia Johnson on ABC where she said the phone call with Trump made her cry.
“The President said that he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyway,” Johnson said. “It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it.”
She added: “He couldn’t remember my husband’s name…And that was hurting me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name? And that’s what made me upset and cry even more.”
Trump has repeatedly denied that he may have bungled the call, going so far as to attack Rep. Frederica Wilson — who first reported the phone call — and repeatedly calling her a liar despite the fact both John Kelly and Lara Trump have admitted Trump said the words that left the fallen soldier’s widow angry and in tears, just as Wilson reported.
Watch Johnson’s interview below:
"[Pres. Trump] couldn't remember my husband's name. … That's what hurt me the most." – Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson pic.twitter.com/px5io2RbJB
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017