Trump denies "insensitive" remarks to Congresswoman

Trump denies

La David Johnson killed in an ambush in Niger, that her husband "knew what he signed up for". La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that "he knew what he signed up for.but when it happens it hurts anyway", when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens.

"She was crying for the whole time", Wilson said.

The Democratic representative has stuck by her account, despite repeated denials and rebukes from Trump. Tammy Duckworth of IL said she had "utter disgust" for the way Trump has politicized his interactions with Gold Star soldiers.

At Wednesday's White House press briefing, spokeswoam Sarah Sanders said the proof was that several administration officials heard the call and they said it was respectful and sympathetic.

The Johnsons also have a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

Johnson, 25, and three other Green Berets were killed October 4 in Niger during an ambush carried out by militants believe linked to the Islamic State. He was a driver with the U.S. Army Special Forces and was killed in an ambush that left four dead.

More news: Donald Trump: John Kelly 'disgusted' military deaths politicised, fallen soldier controversy continues

Johnson, who participated in a mentorship program Wilson founded in 1993, died during a mission fighting alongside Green Berets. Trump said that he had written letters to the soldiers' families and claimed that "President Obama and other presidents, majority didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls", to families of the fallen. The remark has been considered insensitive and inappropriate by many, including the sergeant's family, and it has led to a political battle that's, unfortunately, losing sight of the fallen soldier.

Trump's response sparked a controversy by questioning the protocol of previous presidents, saying "a lot of them didn't make calls".

Wilson said on Twitter that she stood by her account of the call between Trump and Myeshia, suggesting that the president didn't even know the name of the widow.

Chelsea Clinton weighed in with her condolences on Twitter, writing, "Mrs. Johnson, I can not begin to imagine your loss". Dillon Baldridge who was killed in June in Afghanistan, told The Washington Post that when Trump called him, he offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family.

"He made the focus about him", Panetta told ABC News' Powerhouse Politics podcast on Wednesday, adding that it "really distracted from what the country ought to focus on, which is the sacrifices of those individuals and those families".

Sanders said Obama did not call Kelly but it was not clear if some other form of contact was made.

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