Sgt. La David Johnson’s mother has reportedly spoken about the phone call her grieving daughter-in-law received from President Donald Trump and claimed that the president disrespected her family.
Cowanda Jones-Johnson said that she was present during the phone call and said “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” The Washington Post reported. She did not elaborate.
Jones-Johnson was asked for comment after Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson went public and claimed the president added to his condolence call that Sgt. Johnson “knew what he signed up for.”
Wilson said that she was present when Myeshia Johnson, Sgt. Johnson’s widow, received a phone call from President Trump, offering his condolences for her husband’s death. Wilson claimed that Trump said Sgt. Johnson “knew what he signed up for” twice and added that “when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
The phone call was reportedly heard over speaker phone in a limousine.
“She was in tears. She was in tears. And she said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name,'” Wilson said.
Heartbreaking video and photos have emerged showing Sgt. Johnson’s widow, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child, embracing her husband’s casket.
President Donald Trump vehemently denied Wilson’s story early Wednesday, calling it “totally fabricated.”
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” Trump tweeted.
Rep. Wilson responded that she was standing by her story.