Myeshia Johnson, Soldier's Widow, Says Trump Couldn't Remember Husband's Name
- Author: Theresa Obrien Oct 25, 2017,
Oct 25, 2017, 0:50
President Donald Trump on Monday disputed a widow's account of a condolence call he made to her following the death of her husband in Niger earlier this month. Johnson says a purported Facebook post that circulated with her name slamming a Democratic congresswoman is fake, according to a news report.
The widow of Sgt. "I just listened", she added.
Myeshia Johnson wipes away tears during the burial service for her husband U.S. Army Sgt. Asked why he had not spoken up earlier about the Niger ambush, in which Johnson and three other Special Forces troops lost their lives, his instinct was to attack presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for not contacting as many families of the dead-a lie that he papered over by turning his chief of staff's own dead son into a political prop.
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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. The widow also said Trump was "stumbling on trying to remember" her husband's name, which made her "cry even more". "And it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it". The family member who raised Johnson has called Wilson's account of the call "very accurate" and the White House has not refuted that Trump spoke those words.
'I don't know what's in that box - it could be empty for all I know, ' Myeshia continued.
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Johnson, 25, was one of four U.S. Special Forces - or Green Berets - killed in Niger when they were attacked October 4 by militants tied to the Islamic State.
She says she's gotten no answers from the government about how or where her husband died and says they refused to let her view his body. Johnson said she wants the world to know "how great of a soldier my husband was".
"They won't show me a finger, a hand".
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"Whatever Mrs. Wilson said was not fabricated". A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general. When his photos come on the TV screen or I see them in the newspapers I am incredibly proud of him and what he accomplished.