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U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said she overheard President Donald Trump tell the widow of Miami Gardens native Sgt. La David T. Johnson, a U.S. soldier killed in Niger, that her husband “must’ve known what he signed up for.”
Johnson, 25, was one of four U.S. special forces soldiers killed in Niger by Islamist militants on Oct. 4. The casket carrying his body reached South Florida on Tuesday.
Wilson, who represents the Miami Gardens district, said she overheard Trump’s comment on speakerphone while riding with Myeshia Johnson, the late soldier’s pregnant widow.
“Sarcastically, he said: ‘But, you know, he must’ve known what he signed up for,'” Wilson said. “How could you say that to a grieving widow? … I couldn’t believe, and he said it more than once. This man has no feelings for anyone. This is a young woman with child.”
“Everyone knows when you go to war, you could possibly not come back alive, but you don’t remind a grieving widow of that. That’s so insensitive,” Wilson added.
Johnson’s body reached the Miami International Airport for a brief ceremony before a funeral procession took the flag-draped casket to a funeral home in Hollywood.
When she heard Trump’s comment, Wilson said Myeshia did not react.
“She didn’t say anything. She simply listened to what he was saying,” Wilson said.
A White House official told NBC: “The President’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.”
— Michael Spears NBC6 (@MikeSpearsNBC6) October 17, 2017