The pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson said Monday that the phone call she received from President Donald Trump before meeting her husband’s body at Dover Air Force Base made her more upset as the president struggled to remember her spouse’s name.
“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 there fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?” Myeshia Johnson told ABC's "Good Morning America." “And that made me cry even more.”
Shortly after Johnson's interview, Trump defended his conversation with the Gold Star widow.
"I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Johnson said when the president’s call came in to the master sergeant in the car with her, she asked that it be placed on speakerphone so others could hear it.
She said that’s when Trump told her, “he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways.”
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“It made me cry because I was very angry about the tone of his voice and how he said it,” Johnson said. “He couldn’t remember 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.”
Johnson, of Miami Gardens, Florida, corroborated the story of Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.