Less than 48 hours after Sgt. La David Johnson was laid to rest, his widow spoke with ABC News for the first on-air interview since her husband’s death in Niger.
Myeshia Johnson appeared on Good Morning America on Monday where she spoke about the controversial condolence phone call she received from President Trump — a conversation that left her feeling “very upset and hurt.”
According to Johnson, Trump phoned a master sergeant’s cellphone while they were en route to receive her husband’s body at Dover Air Base.
The Gold Star widow asked the sergeant to place Trump on speaker so her aunt and uncle can listen in on the conversation. Trump is said to have told Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for” when he joined the military.
“It made cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it,” she told George Stephanopoulos.
Johnson went on to say Trump struggled to recall her husband’s name during the call.
“He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” she said. “The only way he remembered my husband’s name is because he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said ‘La David.’ I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name. And that’s what hurt me the most. 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?”
Johnson’s account corroborates with that of Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson’s, who shared the details of the call last week Tuesday. Trump has since begun a Twitter war with Wilson, whom he called “wacky” and accused of lying.
Myeisha Johnson also revealed that she is unaware of the circumstances surrounding her husband’s death. La David was one of four soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4.
“I don’t know how he got killed, where he got killed or anything,” Johnson said. “They never told me and that’s what I’ve been trying to find out since.”
Johnson also said she wasn’t allowed to see her husband’s remains before his funeral Saturday.
“I don’t know what’s in that box,” she said. “It could be empty for all I know. I haven’t seen him since he came home.”
Johnson continued, “They won’t show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband’s body from head to toe. They won’t show me anything.”
As for her husband, Johnson intends to keep his memory alive through their three children. She is currently six months pregnant and is due in January.
Following Johnson’s interview, Trump took to Twitter to argue with the Gold Star widow.
“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” Trump tweeted.
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
Watch the interview below: