Fla. Legislator Rips Trump for Comment to Soldier's Widow

President Trump phoned Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday afternoon to give his condolences over the death of her husband Sgt. La David Johnson

President Trump phoned Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday afternoon to give his condolences over the death of her husband Sgt. La David Johnson

The Miami Gardens soldier, a Carol City High grad, was part of a joint mission with the Niger military in west Africa when he and three other men were killed in an ambush on October 4.

While speaking with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt.

"Oh, she's very distraught", Wilson explained.

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According to officials with the Department of Defense the other three victims of the attack were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia. "Yes, he said it", Wilson told the news station. He never said the word hero.

"How insensitive can you be?" La David Johnson's widow - who is expecting their third child - on the day his remains arrived stateside. Local politicians and officials lined up to honour him as his body was brought home.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed on Twitter late Tuesday that Trump had called all four families of those killed, saying he offered "condolences on behalf of the country".

"I'm livid. He can't even have an open-coffin funeral because his body is so messed up, " Wilson told the Miami Herald.

"He's a deranged animal", she said of Trump.

"As far as other presidents, I don't know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?"

Trump returned to the subject Tuesday, using the death of Chief of Staff John Kelly's son in 2010 to illustrate Obama's record on calling bereaved families, saying his predecessor did not call in that instance. On Monday, Trump said he'd written letters that hadn't yet been mailed; his aides they had been awaiting information on the soldiers before proceeding.

Trump's posture has been defensive in recent days after he was criticized for not reaching out right away to relatives of the soldiers killed in Niger.

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