President Donald Trump tweeted this morning that the Democratic congresswoman who claims he insulted a deceased Green Beret’s widow during a phone call is not correct, and he has proof the politician is lying.
It was widely reported on Tuesday that Trump called the widow of one of the Green Berets who died during a mission in Niger and allegedly said: “He knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
Trump was speaking to Myeshia Johnson, who was married to Sgt. La David Johnson. He and three other U.S. Army Green Berets were killed earlier this month by an ambush in Niger, West Africa.
Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, from Florida, on Tuesday told a local news affiliate about what Trump said during the phone call, saying it was “insensitive.” Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson at the time, and they were going to the airport to receive Sergeant Johnson’s body, Business Insider reported.
Trump denied making the statement on Wednesday.
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad,” he tweeted on Wednesday morning.
Wilson also tweeted on Wednesday, and she stood by her comments.
“I still stand by my account of the call [between Trump] and Myeshia Johnson. That is her name, Mr. Trump. Not ‘the woman’ or ‘the wife,'” she wrote.
Wilson had also tweeted: “I stand my account of the call with [Trump] and was not the only one who heard and was dismayed by his insensitive remarks.”
Sergeant Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post that the President “did disrespect my son” and confirmed Wilson’s account of what Trump said.
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson told The Washington Post.
The White House told The Washington Post that “conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private,” according to Business Insider.