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White House stands by Trump's account of call to slain soldier's widow

19 October, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Wilson, who was in the vehicle with Johnson and could hear the conversation on speaker phone, swears she heard Trump tell the widow that her husband knew "what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Rep. Frederica Wilson's comments on President Donald Trump's phone call to a soldier's widow were "appalling and disgusting".

In a Fox News Radio interview, President Donald Trump defended his claim that his predecessors fell short in honoring those killed in action by saying: "You could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?" I'll fight Mr. Trump toe to toe.

"If he has any anger, it is towards that", she said.

Sgt. Johnson, 26, and four other US servicemembers were killed in Niger during an ambush attack from ISIS-related militants on October 4. He adds: "I had a very nice conversation with the woman, the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman".

Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, later backed up the congresswoman's account, telling The Associated Press that Trump showed "disrespect". "La David Johnson", the congresswoman said. She said "not only did he disrespect my son", but also the family. A Florida congresswoman said previously that Trump made the statement to Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday during a telephone call as she was on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of her husband, Sgt.

Ryan also asked about a claim made by Wilson that Trump might not have remembered the fallen soldier's name. Patty Murray, D-Wash., reached an accord for a two-year continuation of federal subsidies to insurers that Trump has halted, coupled with an easing of some coverage requirements under former President Barack Obama's health care law.

What's different is that Trump has picked a political fight over the matter.

But AP finds that Trump has not in fact spoken with the families of all the war dead on his watch. The president, she noted, was offering condolences on behalf of the country.

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