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President Donald Trump speaks to the press from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, October 16, 2017.
President Trump can be not quite ready to let the issue of his call to a fallen soldier’s widow go.
Trump again denied Rep. Frederica Wilson’s claim which he told Myeshia Johnson her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, knew “what he signed up for” even after his chief of staff appeared to corroborate which style of the phone call during a news conference earlier Thursday.
“The Fake News can be going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilsons (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, in addition to gave a total lie on content!” Trump tweeted.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he was “stunned in addition to broken-hearted” when he learned Wilson had listened in on the call in addition to spoken to the press about This particular afterward. yet Kelly also appeared to confirm which Wilson’s style of the call was not “
,” as Trump claimed in a tweet Wednesday.
In which tweet, Trump also said he had “proof” which Wilson was lying, yet he has not yet produced any such evidence.
Before Trump called Johnson, Kelly said he shared with the president what Gen. Joseph Dunford said to him after his son was killed in Afghanistan,
“He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed,” Dunford said, according to Kelly. “He knew what he was getting into when he joined” the military. “in addition to when he died he was surrounded by the best men on This particular Earth, his friends.”
“which’s what the president tried to say to the four families yesterday,” Kelly said.
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Kelly was visibly upset by what he called Wilson’s “selfish behavior” in politicizing such a sensitive call.
Wilson said she was on the way to meet Johnson’s body in Miami with the soldier’s widow Tuesday when she overheard the conversation between Trump in addition to Myeshia Johnson.
Wilson has known the Johnson family for years. La David Johnson was a student in a mentorship program she started off in addition to she said his father was her student when she was an elementary school principal.
After Trump’s first denial, Wilson told CNN there were various other witnesses to the call, including members of the Johnson family.
“So the president evidently can be lying, because what I said can be true,” she said. “I have no reason to lie on the president of the United States having a dead soldier in my community.”