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- President Donald Trump railed against Rep. Frederica Wilson for secretly listening on a condolence call to the wife of a killed US soldier. Wilson, a family friend and former mentor of the fallen soldier, was reportedly invited to the phone call, which was heard through the speakerphone.
President Donald Trump accused Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida of “secretly” listening to a phone call he had with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of one of the four US soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month.
“The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content,” Trump tweeted on Thursday night.
Wilson represents the district of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four soldiers reportedly killed in Niger after an ambush by ISIS-affiliated militants. Following his controversial response to the deaths of the soldiers, Trump called Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, on her phone. Wilson listened in on the call through a speakerphone inside a limousine.
Wilson, who was reportedly invited to listen to the conversation, alleged Trump said David “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway.”
After the phone call, Wilson accused Trump of “insensitive” comments, adding that it “was almost like joking.”
Trump later tweeted that Wilson “totally fabricated” her description of the call, and hours later, doubled-down on his denial: “Didn’t say what that congresswoman said. Didn’t say it all. She knows it,” Trump said.
Wilson reportedly mentored David when he was younger, and developed a close relationship with Johnson.