Wednesday 25 April 2018

Trump denies he forgot name of hero soldier in condolence call to widow

Myeshia Johnson, widow of US army Sergeant La David Johnson at a graveside service for her husband in Hollywood. Photo: Reuters
Myeshia Johnson, widow of US army Sergeant La David Johnson at a graveside service for her husband in Hollywood. Photo: Reuters
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Donald Trump has denied the account of the widow of a fallen US soldier, after she broke her silence over a condolence call in which she said the US president struggled to remember her husband's name.

"I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name. And that's what hurt me the most," Myeshia Johnson said in an interview with 'Good Morning America' broadcast yesterday. "If my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?"

Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. Photo: AP
Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. Photo: AP

Sergeant La David Johnson and three comrades died on October 4 in Africa when militants tied to Isil attacked them.

Shortly after the interview aired, Mr Trump tweeted an apparent response, saying: "I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!"

Mrs Johnson said the phone call from the president made her "cry even worse".

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