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Widow of slain soldier La David Johnson: "Trump didn't remember my husband's name"

Trump is going to be attacking a Gold Star widow now, isn't he?


Jeremy Binckes
October 23, 2017 12:44PM (UTC)

Things are looking worse for President Donald Trump in his ongoing feud with a Gold Star widow.

On Monday, Myeshia Johnson — whose husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, died during a military exercise in Niger — said that Trump didn't know her husband's name during his phone call with her.

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"He couldn't remember my husband's name," Johnson told "Good Morning America." "The only way he remembered 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 the most."

Johnson also exposed the Trump administration's ongoing lie — that he didn't tell Johnson that her husband "knew what he signed up for."

"The president said that [La David] 'knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyway,'" Johnson said. That quote is exactly what Rep. Frederica Wilson said Trump told Johnson last week. Wilson's recollection of the events earned her days of attacks from the White House, and Trump, who as recently as Sunday, called the Florida Democrat — who has known Johnson for a long time and was in the car when Trump called on speakerphone — "wacky."

That was only one of a number of tweets directed at Wilson, and he previously said that she lied.

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No proof of the phone call has ever emerged. While the White House has said that there was no recording of a transcript, Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, said that she "read exactly what" the president said to La David's widow.

For the long line of how Trump got into this mess, see this helpful explainer chart from The Washington Post.

Now that a Gold Star widow has gotten involved, there's only one natural next step: Suggest that a gold star widow is lying.

It wouldn't be the first time Trump got into it with a Gold Star family — remember his willingness to slam the family of Khizr Khan? But, the more important question is: Are there tapes?

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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