Fallen Soldier's Widow: Casket Could Be Empty

Myeshia Johnson speaks to George Stephanopoulos
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2017 8:06 AM CDT
Fallen Soldier's Widow: Trump Couldn't Recall His Name
Screenshot from Monday's interview.   (Good Morning America)

What President Trump did or didn't say in a condolence call to the pregnant widow of US Army Sgt. La David Johnson has been the subject of controversy for days, and now Myeshia Johnson herself has weighed in. In a Good Morning America interview with George Stephanopoulos, Johnson describes what hurt her "the most": hearing President Trump "stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name ... my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country why can't you remember his name?" She says "the only way he remembered my husband's name is because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said La David." On Twitter, Trump countered that: "I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!"

As for Rep. Frederica Wilson's assertion that Trump made an "insensitive" remark about Johnson knowing what he was signing up for, Johnson says Wilson was "100% correct. ... Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated." Asked if she had anything she'd like to say to the president, Johnson said no. But she does have questions about "why it took them 48 hours to find my husband" and why, despite her repeated requests, she has not been allowed to see his body. "They told me that he's in a severe, a severe wrap," she says, but "they won’t show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband’s body from head to toe. ... I don't know what’s in that box, it could be empty for all I know. But I need, I need to see my husband. I haven’t seen him since he came home." (This group is now calling for John Kelly to apologize to Wilson.)

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