Gold Star widow breaks her silence, confirms Trump couldn't remember husband's name and said 'he knew what he signed up for'

GMA/TwitterMyeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson.
  • Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson appeared on “Good Morning America” Monday.
  • Her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed by ISIS militants in Niger.
  • A condolence call President Donald Trump made to Johnson sparked days of controversy after a congresswoman said he was disrespectful.
  • Johnson has confirmed key details that Rep. Frederica Wilson shared.

Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson broke her silence on Monday, saying President Donald Trump did not remember her husband’s name and said he “knew what he signed up for” in a condolence call last Tuesday.

She confirmed key details that Rep. Frederica Wilson, who was in the limo with her when the president called on speakerphone, had shared but Trump denied in an escalating war of words last week. Sgt. La David Johnson was killed by ISIS in Niger, in an incident that Congress is asking more and more questions about.

Appearing on “Good Morning America”, Johnson told her side of the story.

“The president said that, ‘He knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways.’ It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it,” she said. “He couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”

Trump had Sgt. Johnson’s report in front of him, she said, and that’s how he remembered her husband’s name.

“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name,” she said. “And that’s what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name? That’s what made me upset and cry even more.”

Sgt. La David JohnsonScreenshot via WPLGSgt. La David Johnson.

She said she didn’t say anything to Trump, “just listened,” and cried when she got off the phone. When asked if Wilson had “lied” as the president said she did, Johnson said she was “100% correct.” Trump tweeted about Wilson multiple times over the weekend, calling her “wacky” and a “disaster.”

“The phone was on speakerphone,” Johnson said. “Why would we fabricate something like that?”

She said she didn’t have anything else she wanted to say to Trump, but does want to know why it took the military 48 hours to find her husband — a question that senators want answered, as well.

Johnson is pregnant with a girl, whom she said she would tell “her father is a hero.”

Watch the full interview below: 

FULL INTERVIEW between @GStephanopoulos and Myeshia Johnson, widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson: https://t.co/8fRPhejRl8 pic.twitter.com/8UzCwVDGVp
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017

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