Pregnant widow of fallen soldier speaks out about controversial phone call with Trump

Myeshia Johnson wipes away tears during the burial service for her husband U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was one of four U.S. soldiers killed earlier this month in an ambush in Niger, spoke out Monday on Good Morning America about her condolences phone call with President Donald Trump. “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me the most, because 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?” she said to George Stephanopoulos. “That’s what made me upset and cry even more, because my husband was an awesome soldier.”

Myeshia had known La David since he was 6 years old and La David left behind two children (a daughter, 6, and a son, 2), and she is due to give birth to their third child in January. She also corroborated the account of U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson of Florida, who was listening in on the call. The congresswoman is a close family friend and controversy erupted last week after she went on the record and revealed the nature of the call between the grieving widow and the commander in chief. Wilson said she recalled hearing Trump say, “Well I guess you know he knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts.” Myeshia said Wilson’s recollection was “100 percent correct.” Trump, however, quickly took to Twitter to dispute that he had trouble remembering the name of the late soldier, who was 25. “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” the president posted on Twitter.

Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, who was killed in Niger earlier this month. (U.S. Army)

Meanwhile, Myeshia, who attended a memorial service on Saturday for her husband, says she’s being kept in the dark about the circumstances surrounding his death, and has not been allowed to view his body, or any portion of it.  “They won’t show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband’s body from head to toe, and they won’t let me see anything. I don’t know what’s in that box,” she said. “It could be empty, for all I know.”

Watch a portion of the interview with her below.

Read the full story at ABC News.


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