The Washington Post reports:
President Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa this month that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.” But the mother of the fallen soldier stood behind the account, saying that Trump “did disrespect” the family with his comments during a phone call.
The president was reacting to a Florida congresswoman saying the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson was “astonished” by that remark during a phone call from Trump on Tuesday. Trump said he has “proof” that the conversation did not happen as recounted by Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D.) He did not elaborate, but the claim again raised questions about whether the president tapes calls and conversations.
Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Post on Wednesday that she was in the car during the call from the White House and that “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.” Jones-Johnson, speaking to The Post via Facebook Messenger, declined to elaborate. But asked whether Wilson’s account of the conversation between Trump and the family was accurate, she replied: “Yes.”