Mother of fallen soldier: 'Trump did disrespect' my family

The mother of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month, said President Trump did disrespect her family, despite Trump's insistence that remarks about a phone conversation he had with Johnson's widow were "fabricated."

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband," Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post.

Her comments come after Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonHouse hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info House Dem: Trump could start war with Iran to thwart impeachment MORE (D-Fla.) said Tuesday she overheard Trump tell Johnson's widow that the fallen soldier "knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens it hurts anyway."


Wilson told CNN that she was in a car with Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, during a trip to meet her husband's casket when Trump called. Wilson said Myeshia was "very distraught after the call."

The Post asked Jones-Johnson, who was also in the car, if Wilson's description of the conversation was accurate.

"Yes," she said.

Trump disputed Wilson's claims in a tweet Wednesday morning.

"Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!" the president said in a tweet. 

Wilson said during an interview Wednesday on CNN that Trump is a "sick man," adding that she has "no reason to lie."

The report comes after Trump spurred controversy earlier this week by claiming former President Obama and other past presidents didn't call the families of fallen soldiers.

Later in the Monday press conference, he said he was "told" Obama didn't often call.