Thursday 21 June 2018

Trump hits out at the pregnant widow of US soldier killed in Niger – the internet hits back

The president took to Twitter to give his version of events.

Trump Fallen Soldier Funeral
Trump Fallen Soldier Funeral

By Taylor Heyman

Hours after the widow of a US solider killed in action appeared on television to talk about her husband, Donald Trump has refuted her version of a phone call with the president upon her husband’s death.

Last week, Trump was accused by congresswoman Frederica Wilson of telling Myeshia Johnson, wife of sergeant La David Johnson, that her husband “knew what he signed up for”.

Johnson was killed in action on October 4 along with three other American soldiers in an ambush in Niger. Questions have been raised about the circumstances surrounding the attack, with politicians on both sides of the aisle requesting more information about the ambush.

In Monday’s Good Morning America interview, Mrs Johnson stood by the congresswoman’s version of events and added more detail, saying the 45th president “couldn’t remember my husband’s name. … That’s what hurt me the most.”

After her appearance on the programme, Trump took to Twitter to challenge the congresswoman and Johnson’s version of events.

His response to Johnson’s appearance on the daytime television show garnered strong push-back online.

Some urged the president to apologise and move on.

However, there were some on Trump’s side.

In a story which keeps getting bigger, we may not have seen the last of it yet.

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