Pregnant widow of fallen US soldier says Trump couldn’t remember husband’s name

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US President Donald Trump's account was contradicted by the pregnant widow of Sgt La David Johnson, a US Army sergeant killed in combat. Myeisha Johnson said that a controversial condolence call from Trump made her cry even more as the Commander in Chief could not remember her husband’s name.

“It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it,” Johnson said on US program “Good Morning America.” In the interview, she revealed hearing the president trying to remember the soldier’s name, and for his widow, that was the most painful.

“Because if my husband is out fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?” Myeisha said. She said the only way the POTUS was able to mention his husband’s name was because she was told Trump had the fallen soldier’s report in front of him.

Myeisha described her husband as an awesome soldier. Trump, she said, was on speakerphone during the conversation so her relatives heard him as well. It happened on Tuesday as she and family members drove to Miami International Airport to meet the body of La David, who was killed in Africa on October 4 along with three other soldiers.

Trump tweeted he had a very respectful conversation with La David’s spouse and that he spoke his name from the beginning “without hesitation.” But Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson said Trump’s remarks were insensitive.

Myeisha stood behind Wilson despite Trump saying she “fabricated” his comments. She said that Wilson’s version of the conversation was not fabricated and that all she said was “100 percent correct.”

When asked if there is anything she would like to tell the president, the pregnant mother of two said she has nothing. She said she still does not know exactly what happened to La David in Africa. According to Myeisha, she was told of a huge gunfire, with her husband missing as of October 4. By that time, no one knew of his whereabouts.

Some days later, military officials visited her home and informed that her husband was “killed in action.” But Myeisha said she did not know how he got killed or where he got killed, and these are the information she wanted to know.