Fact Checks

Florida Congresswoman Claims Trump Was Disrespectful to Gold Star Widow

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) told media outlets yesterday that she heard the President’s conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four United States soldiers killed in the Niger attack last week. She claims Trump made a series of insensitive comments to the Gold Star widow when he called her to give his condolences regarding her fallen husband. Trump fired back, calling the claim “totally fabricated” in a tweet the next morning. Rep. Wilson claims she was in the car with the Sgt. Johnson’s wife on the way to the airport to claim the body of her husband. She told CNN that President Trump called the widow during the car ride to give his condolences. The congresswoman said she heard the commander-in-chief make insensitive comment regarding the widow’s fallen husband’s death, saying “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.” President Trump tweeted a response to the allegations of insensitive comments, writing “I have proof” that the comments were not made to the wife of the fallen soldier.

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While on CNN’s New Day this morning, Rep. Wilson responded to the tweet, saying “I have proof too, this man is a sick man.” She also added to her original story that Trump “didn’t even know his name” referring to the fallen soldier, and that the widow “broke down in tears” after the phone call. This article will be updated as new information becomes available.


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