Trump says his recollection of call with Gold Star widow is better than hers – The Hill (blog)
President Trump on Wednesday said he has a better recollection of hisÂ condolence call to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger than she does.Â
TrumpÂ told reporters during a gathering at the White HouseÂ thatÂ he used Sgt. La David Johnson’s name “right from the beginning” of the call and with “no hesitation.”
TrumpÂ added thatÂ he had a chart with the fallen soldier’s name in front of him during the call.
The president also said he has “one of the great memories of all time” while pointing to his own head.ÂTrump’s comments conflict with Myeshia Johnson’s account of the call. She said that the president did not remember her husband’s name during the call.Â
“I was extremely nice to her. I’ve never seen her, I’ve never met her, but she sounds like a lovely lady. I was extremely courteous, as I was to everyone else,” Trump said Wednesday, referring to the Gold Star widow.Â
“I respect her, I respect her family, I certainly respect La David. Who I, by the way, called La David right from the beginning,” Trump added.Â
Myeshia Johnson backed up a description of the call by Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica WilsonOvernight Health Care: Senate won’t vote on ObamaCare repeal bill | GOP chairman ready to resume bipartisan talks | Republicans nix idea of pairing repeal with tax reform Fla. lawmaker warned officials before retirement home tragedy Florida Dem: ‘Abomination’ that seniors were left at nursing home where 8 died MORE (D-Fla.), who said the president was disrespectful to the Johnson family.Â