On Wednesday, Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson told NBC Miami that she heard President 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. Johnson was one of the four soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month. Trump personally called the families of those killed in the incident, and Rep. Wilson claimed to have listened in to that private call.
Wilson claimed that Trump said Johnson “knew what he signed up for” and “didn’t even remember his name.” “He was almost like joking,” she said. Wilson also told CNN that Myeshia was “very distraught after the call.” Obviously, Trump denies the charges, and none of the other military spouses reported any sort of callousness on behalf of Trump.
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
White House chief of staff John Kelly gave an emotional statement yesterday, saying he was “stunned” by Wilson’s claims. He said he was “brokenhearted” by the criticism, and that he had personally advised Trump on what to say before calling the families of the four fallen soldiers. Kelly said he encouraged Trump to echo words Gen. Joseph Dunford offered to Kelly when his own son was killed in Afghanistan.
“He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war,” Kelly said, channeling Dunford’s words to him upon the death of Kelly’s son. “And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends. That’s what the president tried to say to the four families the other day.”
That sounds quite similar to the words that Wilson twisted. She told CNN Tuesday evening that Trump told the widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”
And following Kelly’s speech, we learn that Wilson’s goal all along was to make this all about herself.
“You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words,” Rep. Wilson laughingly told Miami 7 News on Thursday. “That’s amazing! This is amazing! That is absolutely phenomenal! I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now!”
So, how long did it take her to reveal she’s as disgraceful as she tried to portray Trump? Two days? That’s a record I doubt we’ll see broken for at least a couple of months.