Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger on Oct. 4, told ABC’s Good Morning America that President Trump “made me cry even worse” when he called to offer condolences last week.
The phone call between the president and Johnson has been a source of controversy for a week now, since Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who listened in on the call, revealed details of the conversation.
Johnson said she was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, on the air strip ready to receive her husband’s body, when the call came from Trump to the master sergeant accompanying her. Johnson asked that the call be put on speaker, so her family could hear.
She said she didn’t like Trump’s tone and that she broke down when Trump fumbled her husband’s name.
The president “said that ‘he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways,'” Johnson recounted. “It made me cry, because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”
She said he then had her husband’s name on a report in front of him. She described Trump as “stumbling on my husband’s name – that’s what hurt me most. He’s out there fighting for our country, why can’t you remember his name? … He was an awesome soldier.”