Donald Trump couldn’t remember the name of a US soldier killed in Niger when he made a phone call to his family, the widow of the soldier has said.
The row over the US president’s call following the death of Sergeant La David Johnson could be reigniting, after Myeshia Johnson confirmed to ABC’s Good Morning America that Trump’s words and tone made her “cry even more”. Sergeant Johnson was one of four American servicemen killed in an ambush in Niger in October.
There has been an ongoing controversy over the way Trump handled a call to Sergeant Johnson’s family, after a Congresswoman who was in the car at the time accused the president of upsetting the family by saying “he knew what he signed up for”.
Donald Trump said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson “totally fabricated” what he said in the phone call.
But the soldier’s widow Myeshia Johnson backed up Wilson’s statement today, saying: “Whatever Ms Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100 percent correct.”
Myeshia Johnson added that during that phone call, the president “couldn’t remember my husband’s name”.
“My husband had high hopes in a military career,” she added.
Sergeant Johnson was buried at a service in Florida on Saturday.
Donald Trump has responded saying the call with Myeshia Johnson was “respectful” and that he didn’t forget the soldier’s name.