Democratic Congresswoman Deems Call “Insensitive”
By: Josiah Akhtab
Myesha Johnson, wife and widow to the late La David Johnson, a military sergeant who was killed in Niger, received a call from President Donald Trump in regards to her husband’s death.
Democratic Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson, then deemed the call “insensitive.”
She claimed that the president stated, “He (La David) knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”
In a meeting about tax reform, President Trump responded to the comments made by Congresswoman Wilson, saying “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said. Didn’t say it at all.”
The president also stated vehemently that “She knows it. And she now is not saying it. I did not say what she said.”
Trump, to further defend and clarify the situation, stated he had a “very nice”conversation with Myesha Johnson and also remarked that she “sounds like a very lovely woman.”
President Trump, at the same tax reform meeting, further denied the accusations made by Congresswoman Wilson.
“I’d like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said.” President Trump said.
When asked if she was positive about what Trump had stated in his call, Wilson told WPLG, a local news station in Miami,“Yeah, he said that. You know…that is something you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn’t say that to a grieving widow…”
Wilson also said that “Everyone knows when you go to war you could possibly not come back alive, but you don’t remind a grieving widow of that. That is so insensitive. So insensitive.”
A White House official stepped in and responded with “The President’s conversations with the families of American Heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.”
Trump addressed the soldiers’ deaths in a Rose Garden news conference, 12 days after they were killed.
Trump stated during the news conference “I felt, very, very badly about that.”
He went on to say “I always feel badly. It is the toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens, soldiers are killed.”
Trump also went on to clarify his policy on calling families of soldiers who were killed, “I really speak for myself. I am not speaking for other people. I don’t know what (George W.) Bush did. I don’t know what Obama did.”
He also said “I believe his policy was somewhat different from my policy. I can tell you, my policy is I have called every one of them.”
President Trump received negative comments and feedback following the accusations that Myesha Johnson and Congresswoman Wilson made.
“Mr. Trump, stop. Please, just stop, this is not about you. This is about them. It is about all of us who lost our loved ones in war,” said Karen Meredith, the Gold Star and Military Families Coordinator for VoteVets.
Karen Meredith further criticized President Trump’s comments, saying “For once in your life stop making everything about you. For once in your life, at least pretend to know what empathy is. For once in your life, at least try to care about other people and their feelings.”