REUTERS

Congresswoman Says Trump Told Fallen Soldier's Wife 'He Knew What He Signed Up For'

U.S. Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, was one of the four American soldiers killed on Oct. 4 in an ambush in Niger. Johnson, a native of Miami Gardens, Fla., died while providing training and security assistance to the Niger Armed Forces.


U.S. Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was with the fallen soldier’s wife, Myeshia Johnson, on Tuesday in a limo headed to Miami International Airport to meet her husband’s remains. Johnson received a phone call at 4:45 p.m. from President Donald Trump while still in the car, ABC 10 reports.According to Wilson, who said she heard the conversation on speakerphone, Trump said of Johnson’s death, “He knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”

That would be an unpatriotic and unpresidential comment from Trump,who received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War,and would behypocritical as he wants NFL players fired for kneeling during the national anthem. It would be despicable if Johnson, who is pregnant and now a single mother of a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, was told that her husband should have anticipated death.

But the death of Johnson and the three other soldiers who perished in Niger is nowunder investigation by the Department of Defenseto examine the military’s preparation for the operation, including why the ambush by 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters wasn’t anticipated.

Cowanda Jones-Johnson, La David Johnson’s mother, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Wilson’s account was correct.

“Yes the statement is true,” Jones-Johnson said. “I was in the car and I heard the full conversation. Not only did [Trump] disrespect my son,” but he disrespected his wife and me and my husband.

In response to Wilson’s statements, Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning:

But Trump himself spreads fabricated information. For example, on Monday, when asked by the press why he had not acknowledged the four soldiers’ deaths, Trump falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama did not call the families of fallen service members. He offered no evidence to back up his claim.

“The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said.

When pressed on his claim, particularly about Obama, Trump retreated.

“I don’t know if he did. No,” Trump said. “I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters … I do a combination of both.”

Eric Holder, Obama’s former attorney general, said in a post on Twitter, “Stop the damn lying you’re the president.”

Alyssa Mastromonaco, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, also called it a lie.

Responding to Trump’s tweet, Wilson said Wednesday morning onCNN’s “New Day,”“I have proof, too: this man is a sick man.”

She said that Johnson’s widow “broke down” after her call with Trump, saying the president “didn’t even know his name.”

“This is a young, young woman who has two children,” Wilsontold CNN’s Don Lemonon Tuesday night, “who is six months pregnant with her third child.

“She has just lost her husband. She was just told that he cannot have an open casket funeral, which gives her all kinds of nightmares of how his body must look. [How] his face must look. And this is what the President of the United States says to her.

“There’s no reason for the president to be so insensitive his rhetoric is disrespectful to the family of every soldier that has paid the ultimate price for our freedom, and our community is livid because this was our hero. We don’t have many heroes in our young men in Miami-Dade County, but he was a hero for us.”

Lemon asked Wilson her reaction when she heard Trump’s comment.

“I asked them to give me phone because I wanted to speak with him,” she said.”And I was gonna curse him out I was livid. But they would not give me the phone.”

Lemon asked, “What did she say”

Wilson said Johnson’s widow was crying and “couldn’t say anything.”

She also said other family members were in the car and are still upset “because they don’t know why [Johnson] was separated from the rest of the soldiers.”

A White House official said Tuesday, “The president’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.”

The hashtag#SgtLaDavidJohnsonis currently trending on Twitter. Johnson’s wife, who is in bereavement, has not yet made a public comment about Trump’s phone call.

A public viewing will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridayand a funeral service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Christ The Rock Church at 11000 Stirling Road in Cooper City, according to ABC 10. The internment will be at the Hollywood Memorial Gardens, at 3001 N. 72 St.

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project has set up a scholarship to benefit Johnson’s children. Click here for more information

Read more news @ DiversityInc.com

Latest News

degeneres, work, show

Leadership Lessons to be Gleaned from Ellen DeGeneres’ Toxic Workplace Scandal

Ellen DeGeneres began her daytime talk show’s 18th season with an apology after a summer of allegations against her that claimed her show promoted a toxic work environment rife with racism, sexual misconduct and other mistreatment. In August 2020, three senior producers — executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman…

COVID entrepreneur

Explosive New Growth in Small Businesses Due to COVID-19; America’s Police Force is Not Becoming More Diverse Despite BLM Movement; the Best and Worst Performing States in the 2020 Census; and More

Even with incredible nationwide unemployment rates, the creation of new small and diverse businesses has exploded due to COVID-19. Finally some news coming out of our pandemic: The Philadelphia Tribune reports that as bars and restaurants closed and stay-at-home orders were put into place earlier in 2020 to help fight…

Justice for Breonna not served; The essential rule of politics; Teen serves two months in jail for not doing homework; and More

Justice for Breonna not served as grand jury indicted officer who shot her with wanton endangerment — but not murder. “Outrageous and offensive.” Those were  by attorney to the family, Ben Crump to describe the grand jury’s decision in the March 13 fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. While…

IBM, EEOC, age

EEOC Unearths Years of Intentional Age Discrimination within IBM

After a long investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revealed that IBM leaders had directed managers to replace older workers with younger ones. Between 2013 and 2018, nearly 86% of those considered for layoffs within the organization were older employees over the age of 40. The investigation showed…

Breathe March in Globe Park, New York, USA - 12 Sep 2020

Cities under attack from the Justice Department; Louisville bracing for the Breonna Taylor murder charge; Twitter reveals its racist side; and More

Justice department attacks three U.S. cities, declaring them anarchist zones — despite most of the protests that took place in each city being peaceful marches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a move designed to pull federal funding from New York City, Seattle and Portland, OR, the…

ginsburg, supreme, court

The Lasting Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Plus the Four Biggest Issues Currently at Stake Following Her Death

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the nation’s highest court for 27 years, passed away Friday, Sept. 18 at the age 87. “As the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed…

Abbott Receives CE Mark for Next-Generation Mitraclip Heart Valve Repair Device to Treat Mitral

Originally posted on Abbott.com – CE Mark for MitraClip G4 offers physicians an innovative next-generation system with more options for mitral valve repair using proven clip-based technology – MitraClip is a first-of-its-kind transcatheter mitral valve therapy, now on its fourth generation, improving further on MitraClip’s history as a safe and…