Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson claims Trump said an awful thing to the widow of a fallen soldier.
Wilson said Trump told them “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt anyways.”
Trump has denied he ever made that statement and that the story was all made up for political purposes.
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” Trump tweeted early Wednesday
On Wednesday during a press meeting, he again denied Wilson’s claims
“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said, and she knows it,” Trump told reporters Wednesday at the White House. “I didn’t say it at all.” The comments echoed a tweet sent in the morning.
Trump described the conversation with Johnson’s widow as being very nice.
Trump claims he had a “very nice conversation” with Johnson, “who sounded like a lovely woman.”
Rep. Wilson said she was with Myeshia Johnson in a car headed to Miami International Airport on Tuesday afternoon to meet Johnson’s husband, Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who died in Niger ambush this month, when the president called. That’s when Wilson said she overheard the call with Trump.
The Florida Congresswoman shot back at Trump’s denial of her claims.
“I don’t know what kind of proof he could be talking about,” Wilson said Wednesday on CNN. “I’m not the only person that was in the car. And I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone.”
Wilson says that the POTUS didn’t even know the fallen soldier’s name.
“She had just found out that her husband would not be able to have an open-casket funeral because of the condition of the body…. She said [Trump] doesn’t even know his name,” said Wilson.
Wilson claims that she was not trying to politicize Johnson’s death.
“I’m not trying to politicize what the president said,” she said on MSNBC Wednesday morning. “Someone asked me a question, ‘did you hear the call? Tell us what you heard.’ I told them what I heard.”
The bodies of the three other U.S. soldiers were recovered shortly after the attack. The U.S. and Niger forces were leaving a meeting with tribal leaders when they were ambushed. The ambush is believed to be orchestrated by ISIS.