President of United States Donald Trump made headlines for his insensitive comments for a pregnant widow of a U.S. soldier who lost his life in a suspected ISIS ambush in Niger earlier this month.
A Florida congresswoman says she was with Myeshia Johnson in a car which headed for Miami International Airport on Tuesday afternoon to meet the body of her late husband, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, when the President called.
Rep. Frederica Wilson said she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone.
In an interview with CNN the Democrat Congresswoman said of the commander in chief, "Basically he said, `well, I guess he knew what he signed up for. But I guess it still hurt.` That`s what he said.``
Johnson`s body arrived home on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after his death on October 4.
"This is a young woman who has two young children, who are six months` pregnant with her third child and she has just lost her husband,” added Ms. Wilson.
"She was just told that he cannot have an open-casket funeral which gives her all kinds of nightmares of how his body must look, how his face must look. And this is what the United States President says to her?"
Rep. Frederica Wilson said Sergeant Johnson, who mentored in her dropout prevention program for boys which she founded in 1993, was a hero in their community.
The President made the claims in response to questions about why he had not publicly spoken about the killing of the US soldiers in Niger two weeks ago.
"If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn`t make calls," Mr. Trump said during a news conference in the Rose Garden with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.
"A lot of them didn`t make calls. I like to call when it`s appropriate."
The claim drew a swift response from Mr. Obama`s foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes, who said it was "an outrageous and disrespectful lie."
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