Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: 'He knew what he signed up for . . .'
Trump faces controversy after U.S. Army deaths in Africa
ABC News Miami
Tuesday, Nov 17. 2017
President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that "he knew what he signed up for . . . but when it happens, it hurts anyway," when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens).
"Yes, he said it," Wilson said. "It's so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."
The president called about 4:45 p.m. and spoke to Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, for about five minutes. She is a mother to Johnson's surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.
Wilson watched as the widow, who is expecting their third baby in January, leaned over the U.S. flag that was draping Johnson's casket. Her pregnant belly was shaking against the casket as she sobbed uncontrollably. Their daughter stood next to her stoically. Their toddler waited in the arms of a relative.
The conversation happened before Johnson's remains arrived at Miami International Airport on a commercial Delta Airlines flight. A top advisor later told Local 10 News, "The president's conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private."
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