President Donald Trump reportedly called U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, and told her that “he knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida told WPLG: “Yes, he said it. It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”
Wilson later told CNN more about the conversation:
We were in the car together, in the limousine headed to meet the body at the airport. So I heard what he said because the phone was on speaker.
This is a young, young woman, who has two children, who is six months pregnant with a third child. She has just lost her husband. She was just told that he cannot have an open casket funeral, which gives her all kinds of nightmares how his body must look, how his face must look. And this is what the president of the United States says to her?
There’s no reason for the president to be so insensitive. Not only to the family of this soldier, but the impervious rhetoric, you know, disrespectful to the family of every soldier that has paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Our community is livid. Because this was our hero. We don’t have many heroes in our young men in Miami-Dade county. But he was a hero for us. And we don’t like what was said.