Soldier's widow angry at Trump, defends Congress member's account of condolence call

Soldier's widow angry at Trump, defends Congress member's account of condolence call

Kerry Wise
October 24, 2017

Rep. Wilson, a Florida congresswoman, says she was in the auto with Myeshia Johnson on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of Johnson's husband when Trump called.

Frederica Wilson and Trump have traded barbs for almost a week on the controversy stemming from the President's condolence call to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt.

Trump responded on Twitter Monday morning, saying he spoke Sgt. Johnson's name "without hesitation!" Myeshia Johnson told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview that Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson was practically a member of their family and was among a group of people listening to Trump's call on a speaker phone as they drove to receive Sgt. Republicans nix idea of pairing repeal with tax reform Fla. lawmaker warned officials before retirement home tragedy Florida Dem: "Abomination" that seniors were left at nursing home where 8 died MORE's (D-Fla.) description of the call.

"Americans should know what's going on in Niger", McCain said.

One of Sgt. Johnson's sisters, Tornisha Ghent, said she'll remember him for his extraordinary personality.

Johnson also said that during the conversation Trump could not remember her husband's name.

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In the days that followed, both Trump and Kelly publicly attacked the congresswoman, with Trump tweeting that Wilson's recounting of the call was "a total lie" and Kelly incorrectly accusing Wilson of bragging about her role in securing funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation office that was dedicated in 2015.

Mrs. Johnson, however, backed up Wilson, someone she said is close to her family. And that's what made me upset and made me cry even more - because he was an awesome soldier'. She wants to know why it reportedly took 48 hours to find his body - and even questioned if it's really him in the coffin. "I haven't seen him since he came home". "That's my brother and I love my brother and I know he love my sisters".

Trump denied the second claim in a tweet.

When asked on GMA if she wanted to say anything to Trump, Myeshia Johnson said she has "nothing to say". The war of words between the president and Wilson began Tuesday when the Florida congresswoman recounted Trump's conversation. She revealed she was not allowed to see the body of her husband, who was killed with three other US soldiers by terrorists in Nigeron October 4. And Johnson said her uncle-in-law was Wilson's elementary school principal.

"They won't let me see anything", she said.