Trump 'insensitive' in call to fallen soldier widow: Congresswoman

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"I have proof", he insisted. Despite the rhetoric used by Trump's team, it appears the president has his own controversy on his hands. After the Post asked about Chris Baldridge's claims, the White House said a check was in the mail. La David T Johnson.

"She was crying for the whole time", Ms Wilson said of the widow.

La David Johnson was one of four American soldiers killed almost two weeks ago; Trump made a telephone call to the families on Tuesday. According to Florida Rep. Fredericka Wilson, Trump told Johnson during a phone call that her husband "knew what he signed up for". "That's so insensitive", Wilson said.

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Cowanda Jones-Johnson told The Post.

Military support groups say that in all of the political frustration, there's been little attention paid to what Gold Star families actually want or need.

"I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who ... sounded like a lovely woman", he said.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said". That's what she said. "Sad!" The president has been under fire since Monday, when he accused former President Obama of not calling the families of fallen soldiers.

"A lot of them didn't make calls", Mr Trump had said. Relatives of three also said they did not get letters.

When a reporter asked why it took Trump 12 days to acknowledge the death of the four USA fighters on Monday, he said he wrote letters and planned to call the families "at some point".

President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.

It was shortly after that tweet that Johnson's mother told The Post via Facebook Messenger that Wilson's account of the conversation was accurate.

Wilson went on to say Trump "was nearly like joking".

Johnson's widow was "balled up" in the vehicle, distraught after learning she would not be able to see her husband in an open casket, Wilson said.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said, didn't say it at all".

The president's response shocked him.

Wilson did not back down from her account.

Mr Trump initially claimed that only he among presidents made sure to call families.

"I wish he hadn't talked about Kelly's son", said a source close to the administration who noted that the whole goal of Monday's press conference was to present Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a unified front.

His delay in publicly discussing the men lost in Niger did not appear to be extraordinary, judging from past examples, but his politicisation of the matter is.

Kelly was a Marine general under Obama when his Marine son Robert died in 2010. A White House official claimed to NBC News, on background, that Mr Kelly never received a call from Mr Obama after his son's death. Trump said on Fox News radio. "That made me mad in a way that few other things have".

She added: "Basically he said: "Well I guess he knew what he signed up for but I guess it still hurt".

Once the stage was set the general election, the Trump campaign and the right-wing media pushed the tragedy in Benghazi from September 2012 when four Americans were killed by an Islamic terrorist attack in the region. "Beyond the dignity of the office".

But former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who served under former President Obama, lambasted Trump for making himself and previous presidents the center of attention during a week when the caskets of four US Army Green Berets who were killed in an ambush in Niger were coming home.

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