Myeshia Johnson, the widow of late soldier, La David Johnson, who was killed on a mission in Niger, revealed that the president told her he couldn’t remember her husband’s name. Watch her interview here.
Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant 24-year-old widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, was shocked that President Donald Trump, 71, didn’t know the name of her husband, 25, who tragically was killed on a mission in Niger. “I heard him stumbling, trying to remember my husband’s name,” in a phone call to her, Johnson told Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos on October 23, a day after she laid him to rest. “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.” Trump’s inability to remember La David’s name “made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier.”
“The only way he remember my husband’s name, she continued in the interview, “is because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him.” The president said that “[La David] knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway,” Meyshia continued. “And it made me cry cause I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said he couldn’t remember my husband’s name.” Meyshia also confirmed that close family friend, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was in the car with her when the president phone, was “100 percent correct” when she went public with his call. “Why would we fabricate something like that,” she told Stephanopoulos on GMA.
Trump had slammed Wilson’s description as a “total fabrication,” and he and chief of staff, Sgt. John Kelly have been insulting her by calling her an “empty barrel,” and “wacky.” This morning Trump tweeted that “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from the beginning, without hesitation” — something which Myeshia is now disputing. Myeshia insisted that aside from Rep. Wilson, the other occupants of her car, including her aunt, uncle, driver, and Master Sgt. Neil, heard the call, too.
"[Pres. Trump] couldn't remember my husband's name. … That's what hurt me the most." – Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson pic.twitter.com/px5io2RbJB
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017
She’s also devastated that she was barred from seeing her husband’s body when it was returned to America, and she has been given no clear information about how he died. Myeshia was told that Johnson died in Niger when a group of American and Nigerien soldiers were attacked by ISIS militants. He was in the country to battle Boko Haram, the terrorist group that kidnapped over 200 girls from a boarding school and forced them into marriage. “I need to see him so I will know that it’s my husband. 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,” she tearfully revealed. “I don’t know what’s in that box. It could be empty for all I know. I need to see my husband.” She also needs to know how he died and “why it took [soldiers] 48 hours to find him.”