Andrew Bacevich has revealed why Trump’s phone call upset the widow of La David Johnson.
Last week, Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) revealed the unsettling account of the phone call the President made to the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, Myeshia Johnson, which she listened in on. Johnson was one of the four Americans killed in an ambush earlier this month in Niger.
Trump allegedly told Ms. Johnson that her husband knew what he signed up for when he joined the army. His tone and how he made the comment deeply upset Johnson, making her cry. Trump couldn’t even remember La David’s name during the call, having to refer to his report to remember.
Trump denied Wilson's account; however, White House chief of staff John Kelly labeled the congresswoman as an “empty barrel” rather than denying her account as well.
In an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, Ms. Johnson confirmed Wilson’s story, recalling, “The president said, ‘He knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway,’”
“It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it.”
“He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” Johnson said. “The only way he remembered my husband’s name is because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said ‘La David.’ I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name. 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?”
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Andrew Bacevich, a Gold Star father, military veteran, and respected commentator has blamed Donald Trump’s subpar command of the English language for his most recent military scandal.
In an interview published on Tuesday with The Daily Beast, Bacevich put Trump’s “ham-handed efforts to express condolences” on blast. Bacevic said that Trump’s “inability to use the English language is really without precedent in American politics.”
In a call meant to comfort the Johnson family, Trump made some deeply upsetting comments about Myeshia Johnson’s late husband, La David, who was killed along with three other soldiers in an attack in Niger earlier this month.
Bacevich’s comments came in response to Myeshia Johnson’s emotional distress following a phone call from Trump in which he reportedly told Johnson that her husband knew what he signed up for when he joined the army.
“What he said was — yes the president — said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways. And I was — it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. “ Johnson said on ABC’s “Good Morning America. “He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,”
“That’s a really stupid thing to say,” Bacevich commented on Trump's alleged comments.
“I think it’s a callous and unfeeling thing to say — even though that it is true,” he noted, recognizing the insensitivity of the President’s comments.
Bacevich, a retired army colonel and a graduate of West Point, is a professor at Boston University. The Gold Star father often writes about international relations and the military, an appropriate critique of Trump’s interaction with Ms. Johnson.
Trump later took to Twitter in attempt to defend what’s left of his honor against Johnson’s interview, saying he had a respectful conversation with Johnson.
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
But really, who here believes that?
H/T: The Hill