‘He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,’ she said Monday on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ program. ‘The only way he remembered my husband’s name was because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him, and that’s when he actually said “La David”.’
‘I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me most,’ she said.
The president quickly pounced on Twitter.
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Johnson was among the four soldiers killed in an ISIS ambush this month.
The president has been in a war of words with Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson over the call, after Wilson said in an interview that Trump dismissively told Myeshia Johnson her husband ‘knew what he signed up for.’
Wilson is a family friend of the Johnsons, and was in a limousine with the Gold Star widow and her family on the way to the airport to pick up the soldier’s body when Trump made the call.
Johnson confirmed Wilson’s version of events on Monday.
Johnson said her aunt, her uncle, a master sergeant and Wilson were with her in the car when Trump called the master sergeant .
The call came as they pulled onto the tarmac at Dover Dover Air Force Base to pick up Sgt. Johnson’s body, his widow said.
Johnson said she asked the master sergeant to put the phone on speakerphone so that everyone in the car could hear Trump.
‘He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband’s name was because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him, and that’s when he actually said “La David.”
‘I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me most. Because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risks his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name? And that’s what made me upset and cry more,’ she added.
Johnson was so stunned by the call, she claimed, that she didn’t respond to the president.
Johnson said she was ‘very, very upset’ after the call and that it ‘made me cry even worse.’
In the interview, Johnson also demanded answers for what happened to her husband, and why she hasn’t been allowed to look at his body yet.
Johnson says the Army first told her that her husband went missing on October 4 after coming under a ‘mass of gunfire’.
They returned a few days later and said that he had been killed in action, but didn’t go into further detail.