Trump to pregnant widow of slain soldier: ‘He knew what he signed up for’
After using his chief of staff’s deceased son as a political prop to prove some non-existent point about Obama, President Trump went about calling the families of the four troops slain in an ISIS ambush in Niger on October 4. The commander-in-chief reportedly handled his call to Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant and grieving widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, with as much grace and dignity as you would expect.
The president called Myeshia, who is also the mother of La David’s 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, on Tuesday afternoon and told her that “he knew what he signed up for …but when it happens it hurts anyway.” The phone call took place shortly before La David’s remains were flown into Miami International Airport.
“Yes, he said it,” Rep Frederica Wilson (D-FL) told WPLG. “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”
Wilson witnessed as the widow, who is expecting their third baby in January, leaned over the U.S. flag that was draping his casket. Her pregnant belly was shaking against the casket as she sobbed uncontrollably. Their daughter stood next to her stoically. Their toddler waited in the arms of a relative.
There was silence. Local politicians, police officers and firefighters lined up to honor him for his service and for the efforts and discipline that got the former Walmart employee to defy all odds as a 25-year-old member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Trump did not publicly acknowledge the deaths of the four troops until Monday’s impromptu Rose Garden presser when he was explicitly asked about them. The president then used this as an opportunity to smear his predecessor by falsely claiming that Obama didn’t call Gold Star families after their loved ones were killed in action.
President Trump was golfing on Saturday while La David’s remains were flown into Dover Air Force Base.