Huckabee Sanders: 'Appalling' How Dem Rep Has Politicized Soldier's Death

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2017

I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was - sounded like a lovely woman.

But asked whether Wilson's account of the conversation between Trump and the family was accurate, she replied: "Yes".

Kelly has not publicly commented on the call. La David Johnson who was killed in Niger. "We need something to go further to get on board". He took the time to make a call to express his condolences, to thank the family for this individual's service.


While no White House recording exists, several people were in the room with Trump as he made the call, including White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, Sanders said.

"I think it's appalling what the congresswoman has done and the way she's politicized this issue and the way that she's trying to make this about something that it isn't", Sanders said during the White House press briefing. The press pushed back on that claim, which Trump amended to suggest reporters ask Kelly whether Obama had phoned him when his son was killed.

"I think to try to create something from that, that the congresswoman is doing, is frankly appalling and disgusting", she said.


Asked if there was a recording of the call, Sanders said: "No". "And if he has any anger it's towards that".

Trump has accused players who kneel for the anthem of disrespecting the military, and has called for the National Football League to censure the protests at rallies and in tweets.

"He thought it was respectful and he thought the president did the best that he could under the circumstances to offer condolences on behalf of the country", Sanders said.


The call has become a point of intense controversy, after Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, said Mr. Trump told Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson, her husband "knew what he signed up for". He said, "Well, I guess you knew" - something to the effect that 'he knew what he was getting into when he signed up, but I guess it hurts anyway.' You know, just matter-of-factly, that this is what happens, anyone who is signing up for military duty is signing up to die. "He said the hardest job he has is making calls like that".

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