Another day, another viral story that President Donald Trump is blasting as fake news.
In today’s story, we “learn” that Trump told one of the wives of the four soldiers recently killed in Niger that he “knew what he signed up for.”
“Learn” is in quotation marks because that’s what the headlines say, but there’s probably more to the story than that. Where did the claim come from? Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson told NBC Miami that she heard Trump’s comment to Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, on a speakerphone as they traveled together to meet his body on Tuesday.
Trump “didn’t even remember his name,” Wilson claimed Myeshia telling her after the call ended, Wilson said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday. “She hung up the phone she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name,'” Wilson said. “That’s the hurting part.”
“He was almost like joking,” she said. Wilson also told CNN that Myeshia was “very distraught after the call.”
Trump was quick to blast the Congresswoman:
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
And while Trump hasn’t yet provided proof, given how clear their anti-Trump agenda is, most will take his word for it. A poll from Politico found that more than three-quarters of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration, compared with only 11 percent who don’t think so. Among Democrats, one-in-five think the media make up stories, but a 65 percent majority think they do not. Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media make up stories about Trump, and 31 percent think they do not.
The full context of the president’s comment as described by Wilson is not known, and the White House has declined to comment on the remarks that are being attributed to Trump.
Judging by her behavior, she wasn’t much of a Trump fan before this alleged ordeal. “I asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with him,” she told CNN. “And I was going to curse him out. That was my reaction at that time. I was livid. But they would not give me the phone.” Geez — is it any wonder?