Mother of slain United States soldier slams Trump's 'disrespect'
- Author: Carlos Nash Oct 20, 2017,
Oct 20, 2017, 0:22
Trump, who tangled with a Gold Star family during last year's presidential campaign, fiercely denied Rep. Wilson's version of events.
"This is not about you, this is about them", she said in a statement.
At the time, Trump falsely claimed his predecessors did not call families of killed soldiers.
Miss Wilson said that she was in the vehicle on the way to Miami airport to meet her husband's coffin when Mrs Johnson received the five minute call from the President. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger. After Johnson died this month in Niger, Trump allegedly said Johnson "knew what he signed up for", according to Wilson and Johnson's mother.
"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Jones-Johnson told The Post.
She added that Kelly was "disgusted" the condolence calls had been politicized but said she was not certain if the chief of staff knew Trump was going to talk about his son publicly.
"There is no more hard task than having to tell a next of kin that a loved one's been killed". He never said the word hero. "But to turn that solemn duty into counting political coup...it's nearly obscene, actually, it's kind of perverse".
The U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed at the border of Niger and Mali on October 4 in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office.More news: Iraqi forces capture Hawija, nearby area from ISIS
"I didn't say what that congresswoman said", Mr Trump told reporters. You can say, 'I'm so sorry for your loss.
She said: "This gentleman has a brain disorder, and he needs to be checked out". Advocates expressed weariness at yet another dead soldier's family being drawn into a political fight, and said they refused to be drawn into the increasingly heated debate. She has two children and is pregnant with a third.
Family's like Johnson's are not being given the space they need to grieve, she said. Trump has since received criticism for the remarks he made to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. But you don't remind a grieving widow of that.
It is unclear why Mr Trump offered a personal check for that amount when family members of fallen soldiers are eligible for payments the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance scheme. Trump said on Fox News radio. When asked about the account, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters refused to comment specifically on Baldridge's story. To make matters even worse, the president accused a congresswoman of lying about a reportedly crass phone call he made to the widow of one of the four Green Berets killed in Niger - even though the soldier's mother confirmed the account.
Sam Nunberg, an early Trump adviser during the election, put the blame elsewhere.
When Donald Trump kicked off his campaign for president [VIDEO], the consensus was that whoever won the Republican primary would eventually go on to the general election against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. "I know the president, this would be no problem, he would make these calls".
He placed himself at the top of the list, saying on Tuesday, "I think I've called every family of someone who's died" while past presidents didn't place such calls.
The former Democratic prosecutor continued: "And you know, I understand you've got a tough job".