Facing blowback for his delay in calling the families of four soldiers who died in combat, President Trump on Tuesday finally called the families of four soldiers who were killed during an ambush in Niger earlier this month. But somehow he managed to make things worse for one of the families.
Trump called the widow of a Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson who died in Niger and told her that the soldier “knew what he signed up for,” according to several news reports.
The widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson received the five-minute call from Trump and one day after he falsely claimed that Presidents Obama had not called the families of fallen soldiers, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson told reporters.
“They were astonished,” Wilson said. “It was almost like saying, “You signed up to do this, and if you didn’t want to die, shouldn’t have signed up.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump defended his false charge that Obama didn’t call Gold Star families by telling reporters to his chief of staff if Obama had called him after his son was killed in Afghanistan.
“You could ask General [John] Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?” a defiant Trump said in a radio interview with Fox News, a reference to the late 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, 29, a Marine who was mortally wounded after stepping on a landmine.
According to the Associated Press, White House visitor records show Kelly attended a breakfast Obama hosted for Gold Star families six months after his son died.
A person familiar with the breakfast told the AP that the Kelly family sat at Michelle Obama’s table.
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