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Trump disputes military widow's account of condolence call

24 October 2017

Trump gave a half-hearted condolence call to the widow, according to Wilson, who said she heard the exchange on speakerphone.

She said after receiving Trump's call she was "very upset and hurt" and that it "made me cry even worse". "I'm going to tell her how awesome her dad was and how a great father he was and how he died as a hero", Myeshia Johnson said Monday. Sgt. Johnson and three comrades died October 4 in Africa when militants tied to the Islamic State attacked them.

La David Johnson, one of the four US soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger on October 4, told ABC's Good Morning America that President Trump "made me cry even worse" when he called to offer condolences last week.

Trump's tweet will do little to shut down a controversy that has swirled around the president since last week. "Why couldn't I see my husband?"

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In an interview on "Good Morning America" Monday, Myeshia Johnson claimed "what (Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson Wilson) said was 100 percent correct". While Trump has disputed the story - even claiming to have still-yet-to-be-produced "proof" to back it up - the White House has largely seemed to confirm that he said the things he has been accused of saying.

"That is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn't say that to a grieving widow", she said. "They told me there was a massive gunfire and that my husband, as of October 4 was missing", she said.

What's perhaps most remarkable about the president's continued objections, though, is that his own White House isn't doing the same.

He said: 'It stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation.

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Johnson said Monday that Wilson's account was accurate. "I don't know what's in that box", she said.

"Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated", she said.

His godsister, Lakia Smith, said Johnson would always come watch her at cheerleading practice. Not only does he owe me an apology but he owes an apology to the American people, because when he lied on me he lied to them, and I don't think that's fair, and I think that's wrong. And Johnson said her uncle-in-law was Wilson's elementary school principal. "It could be empty for all I know".

She added, "They won't tell me". Wilson meanwhile urged Trump to learn Myeshia's name, and instead of doubling down on rhetoric via the Twitter war of words, the president should offer words of comfort and kindness and compassion.

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Trump disputes military widow's account of condolence call