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Florida widow who got Trump phone call says it made her ‘very upset and hurt’

Myeshia Johnson appeared Monday on 'Good Morning America.'
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Published Oct. 23, 2017
Updated Oct. 23, 2017

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, said the condolence phone call last week from President Donald Trump left her in tears and "very upset and hurt."

Asked on Good Morning America if she had anything to say to the President, who accused Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of lying about the call, Johnson said: "No. I don't have nothing to say to him."

She also said that Wilson, D-Miami, accurately described the phone call, setting off a war of words with Trump that continued Saturday as Johnson was laid to rest.

It was the first time Myeshia Johnson had spoken about the controversy and she revealed that she simply listened to Trump. Wilson, who was close to Sgt. Johnson, was in the limousine on the way to the airport to retrieve his remains when Trump called and it was put on speakerphone.

"It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it," Johnson said of the phone call. "He couldn't remember my husband's name. The only way he remembered my husband's name because he told me 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 because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risks his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?"

Trump responded on Twitter.

La David Johnson was one of four American soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger, but little is known about what happened.

"I don't know how he got killed, where he got killed or anything. … They never told me and that's what I've been trying to find out since day one, since October 4th," Myeshia Johnson said Monday.