Holder: Trump 'crossed the line' saying Obama didn't call Gold Star families

Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: 'He knew what he signed up for'

Cowanda Jones-Johnson, who the Washington Post described as Johnson's mother on Wednesday, told reporters that Wilson's account of the call was accurate and that she was also present in the auto when the call took place.

She added: "Basically he said: "Well I guess he knew what he signed up for but I guess it still hurt". She was just told that he can not have an open casket funeral which gives her all kinds of nightmares about what his body must look, what his face must look, and this is what the president of the United States says to her", Wilson said.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson said she heard some of the "insensitive" remarks made by phone while she was in a auto with Sgt La David Johnson's family. "To me that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn't say that to a grieving widow", Wilson told WPLG in Miami.

But Mr Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson told the Washington Post that Mr Trump did "disrespect" her son and the rest of their family.

The White House said Tuesday that the president had called the families of all four service members who were killed.

Trump on Monday falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama didn't call the families of fallen service members while he was in office, but when pressed admitted that he didn't know Obama's practice. Former staff members from both administrations have disputed Trump, some of them angrily.

At a press spray Wednesday morning, the president folded his arms like a petulant four-year-old when reporters questioned him about the he-said/she-said.

The deceased soldier's mother said the congresswoman's account of the conversation was accurate.

At the airport, widow Myeshia Johnson leaned in grief across the flag-draped coffin after a military guard received it.




Trump's relationship with military families is under more scrutiny lately after Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson accused him of making "insensitive" comments to the widow of fallen soldier La David T. Johnson.

The White House did not confirm or deny Wilson's account on Tuesday.

"He said, 'I'm going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000, ' and I was just floored", Baldridge said.

In private, he bitterly complained to associates about the flare-up, believing the press was eager to paint his response in a negative light, according to two people who recently spoke to him but were not authorized to comment publicly about private conversations. "Just a letter saying "I'm sorry". What's different is that Trump picked a political fight over who's done better to honour the war dead and their families.

Johnson's widow was "balled up" in the auto, distraught after learning she would not be able to see her husband in an open casket, Wilson said.

"You could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?" Another Gold Star father said Trump had offered him $25,000 and an online fundraiser for his family, which never materialized.

He placed himself at the top of the list, saying on Tuesday, "I think I've called every family of someone who's died" while past presidents didn't place such calls.

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

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