President Trump is disputing
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof),” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Sad!”
In an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Wilson responded to Trump.
“I have proof too,” she said. “This man is a sick man. He’s coldhearted and he feels no pity.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the White House said Trump spoke on the phone with Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, and the families of the three other Green Berets killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4.
Wilson, who was with the grieving widow when Trump spoke with her, said the president spoke “sarcastically” when he said the 25-year-old soldier “knew what he signed up for.”
“But when it happens, it hurts anyway,” Trump added, according to Wilson.
“How could you say that to a grieving widow?”
Wilson said that Johnson’s widow also told her that the president did not appear to know her husband’s name.
“I asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with him,”
Trump’s response to the soldiers’ deaths has come under intense scrutiny this week following a Rose Garden press conference in which the president falsely claimed that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush did not call families of fallen soldiers.
“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said. “I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”
On Tuesday, Trump
“There’s nothing to clarify,” Trump said in a Fox News Radio interview early Tuesday. “I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make. And I said it very loud and clear yesterday. The hardest thing for me to do is do that. Now, as far as other representatives, I don’t know. I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly did he get a call from Obama. You could ask other people. I don’t know what Obama’s policy was. I write letters, and I also call.”
Trump made the calls to the four families of soldiers killed in Niger on Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 days after their deaths.
“President Trump spoke to all four of the families of those who were killed in action in Niger,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement late Tuesday. “He offered condolences on behalf of a grateful nation and assured them their family’s extraordinary sacrifice to the country will never be forgotten.”
Wilson said on “New Day” that she intends to request a classified briefing from the Defense Department about the deadly ambush.
“This might wind up to be Mr. Trump’s Benghazi,” Wilson said.
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