Monday, 23 October 2017

Widow of US Army Sgt killed in Niger claims Trump struggled to remember her husband’s name

Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in action alongside three other U.S. service members killed in Niger on Oct. 4, expressed a mix of blame and sorrow today on ” Good Morning America ,” saying she was “very angry” about President Donald Trump ‘s condolence phone call and upset because she says he struggled to “remember my husband’s name.”

Speaking to ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, Mrs Johnson said: “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country why can’t you remember his name”.

“That’s what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier”, she added.

Mrs Johnson who is expecting a baby in January also confirmed Florida congresswoman Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla)’s last week allegations that Trump told Johnson her husband knew what he signed up for – an allegation Trump argued was fabricated by Wilson.

But Mrs Johnson today said the congresswoman was “100 percent correct” about the call from Trump.

“Why would we fabricate something like that?” she said this morning.

Wilson, was accompanying Johnson to Dover Air Force Base when the president called, and claimed she heard Trump on speakerphone attempting to console her.

Meanwhile, Mrs Johnson is also upset with the fact that she was barred from seeing her husband’s body or given any straight story on how he died in Niger, days after being informed of her husband’s fatal firefight.

“I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband,” she said, adding that: “They won’t show me a finger, a hand; I know my husband’s body from head-to-toe and they won’t let me see anything.”

In addition, She said the casket her husband came home in, adorned with a U.S. flag, remains a mystery box for her. “I don’t know what’s in that box. It could be empty for all I know”, she said.

Referring to the circumstances of her husband’s death, Mrs Johnson said she wants “to know why it took [soldiers] 48 hours to find my husband.”

“I don’t know how he got killed, where he got killed or anything,” she said. “I don’t know that part; they never told me and that’s what I’ve been trying to find out since day one, since October fourth”, she added.

Finally, when asked on the show what she wants people to know about her husband, she said, “I want the world to know how great of a soldier my husband was and a loving and caring father and husband he was to our family.”

Following the allegations that he had struggled to remember the name of Sgt David Johnson, President Donald Trump has argued he did remember the name.

Trump said that he conversed with Myeshia with deep respect.

“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”, Trump tweeted shortly after Myeshia’s allegations.

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