Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) told CNN that she was present when President Trump told the young widow of a U.S. serviceman killed in Niger, “Basically… he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”
Wilson, who was apparently driving around with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, when the call took place – claims to have heard Trump’s remarks over speaker phone, calling him a ‘sick man’ and saying the family was ‘astonished.’
The Washington Post contacted Sgt. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, who was also in the car – telling the paper “”It was horrible. It was insensitive. It was absolutely crazy, unnecessary. I was livid,” adding “She was in tears. And she said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name.'”
Trump hits back
Trump shot off a tweet early Wednesday effectively accusing Rep. Wilson – and therefore the widow – of being total liars, and that he has some sort of proof he never made the ‘he knew what he signed up for’ comment.
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
@PressSec says there are no recordings of the call with La David Johnson's widow, but "there were several people in the room" inc John Kelly
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 18, 2017
Trump’s tweet is reminiscent of his ‘Comey Bluff’ where he claimed to have a tape of a private conversation with former FBI Director James Comey – teasing the MSM by saying “You’re going to be very disappointed, don’t worry.”
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Trump later admitted to bluffing to ‘keep Comey honest,’ though he has taped conversations in the past – including one which was used in a Real Estate lawsuit decades ago.
By calling the widow of a fallen service member – along with her mother and a congresswoman – liars, Trump has painted himself into a yuge corner. If no tapes exist and we’re going off of Trump’s staff vs. the widow, congresswoman, and the fallen soldier’s mother for he-said / she-said, this is going to be ugly.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter