Niger attack: Final farewell Saturday for Sgt. La David Johnson

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2017

Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Florida Democrat who was in the auto with Johnson's family, said in an interview that Trump had told the widow that "you know that this could happen when you signed up for it ... but it still hurts". By the afternoon, he was embroiled in another controversy - whether he promised the father of another soldier killed in combat a $25,000 check from his personal account.

Trump had called Myeshia as she, Wilson and family members were in a limo heading to Miami International Airport Tuesday afternoon to meet Johnson's casket. La David Johnson, one of four members of the Special Forces killed in Niger two weeks ago.

Trump has taken again to Twitter to jab at the lawmaker. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Kelly was stunned that the Democratic congresswoman talked about "her own actions in Congress" at the event, glossing over Ke;;y's erroneous claim that Wilson had bragged about raising the money. "Sad!" the president tweeted. La David Johnson, a conversation that prompted Wilson to declare that the president had been disrespectful to the grieving family. He also referred to Johnson as "your guy", Wilson said, which the congresswoman found insensitive. "He's cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone".

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Terrence Johnson, 25, was among four U.S. Green Berets killed in Niger on October 4. His anger was echoed from the White House briefing room podium by Sanders, who said she was "appalled" by what she described as Wilson's efforts to politicize the tragedy. "All I can do-all I can do is ask my generals", he said. She said she approached then-Speaker John Boehner, telling him "the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs your help and our country needs your help". Johnson's body arrived at the Dover Air Force Base in DE on October 7. "If you don't understand that reference, I'll put it a little more simply, as we say in the South, 'All hat, no cattle'".


Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, seconded Wilson's statement about the phone call, telling The Washington Post: "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband". Two other soldiers were injured in the attack, and almost 10 Nigerien troops were also killed.

In what many are comparing to being a mission as disorganized and unclear as Benghazi, the attack in Niger led to the deaths of four fearless American servicemen.

She said in TV interviews she wasn't secretly listening in - everyone in the auto heard - and in fact wanted to get on the call and "curse him out" but was not given the phone. "I will, at some point during the period of time, call the parents and the families, because I have done that traditionally". "But then Trump went on to suggest that other presidents hadn't done what he did".

Aides to Obama and ex-President George W. Bush said they had frequent calls and visits with families of the fallen. Kelly's account of the call doesn't even square with Trump's.


TRUMP: "The Fake News is going insane with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!"

Kelly, a retired three-star general whose son was killed while serving in Afghanistan, criticized Wilson during a dramatic White House appearance Thursday.

On Tuesday night, the White House announced that Trump had phoned the families of the four soldiers killed in Mali.

Why the wait? Sanders said there is a process undertaken by the Pentagon and the White House to ascertain details about the slain soldiers. McCain told CNN after answering a short "no" to whether he believed the administration were being forward with the facts of this mission. "I think it, frankly, is a disgrace of the media to try to portray an act of kindness like that".


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