President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired back at claims he told the widow of a fallen U.S. soldier “he knew what he signed up for” when offering his condolences.
One day earlier, Trump had a phone conversation with a distraught Myeshia Johnson lasting about five minutes, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens) told Local 10 News. Johnson is the wife of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed while on a non-combat mission in an ambush attack in Niger on October 4.
Wilson told the news outlet that during their conversation, Trump told Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.” Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson said she was also present for the phone call from the White House and stood by Wilson’s claim of the controversial comments.
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” she told the Washington Post.
Trump has since refuted those claims, tweeting Wednesday morning that he “had proof” he never said the remarks.
Trump spoke to media members later in the day Wednesday and doubled down on his claim.
“I did not say what she said,” Trump said. “I’d like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said.”
Watch a video of Trump’s response to the remarks below: