Sanders: Dem Rep’s Criticism Of Trump Call To Army Widow Is “Appalling"

Meghalee Das
Meghalee Das

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson’s claims that President Trump showed disrespect to a fallen soldier’s widow during a call was “disgusting.”

“I think it's appalling what the congresswoman has done and the way she’s politicized this issue and the way that she’s trying to make this about something that it isn’t,” Sanders said during a White House press briefing, as reported in a Fox News report.

The congresswoman stood by her account of how President Trump called the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson and said the soldier “knew what he signed up for”. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, also backed up the congresswoman’s account, and told that The Associated Press that Trump had shown “disrespect.”

Sanders defended the president although the controversy has been escalating, leading to claims and counterclaims by both parties on social media. “This was a president who loves our country very much, who has the greatest level of respect for men and women in the uniform and wanted to call and offer condolences to the family. And I think to try to create something from that that the congresswoman is doing is frankly appalling and disgusting,” she said.

President Trump slammed Wilson on Wednesday, saying she had “totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” When Sanders was asked about the proof the president mentioned in his Twitter account, Sanders said although there were no recordings of the call, “there were several people in the room from the administration that were on the call including the chief of staff, General John Kelly.”

Wilson also released a statement on Wednesday saying she stands by her account. “I stand firmly by my original account of his conversation with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson,” the congresswoman said. “Moreover, this account has been confirmed by family members who also witnessed Mr. Trump’s incredible lack of compassion and sensitivity.” 

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