The widow of a US serviceman killed in the ambush in Niger received shocking words from the President of the US, Donald Trump: “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt”
The body of David Johnson returned home to Miami on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson’s widow received the call from the President soon after the arrival of the casket, according to a Florida Democrat.
“Basically he said, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt,’ ” Wilson said, adding that she listened to part of the call on speaker phone while in a vehicle with the family.
“That’s what he said,” she added.
When asked if she was sure that the President said those exact words, Wilson declared that: “Yeah, he said that. You know, … that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn’t say that to a grieving widow. Everyone knows when you go to war you could possibly not come back alive, but you don’t remind a grieving widow of that. That is so insensitive. So insensitive.”
At the same time, when asked for comment, the White House said: “The President’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.”
No further comments were reported afterwards from the family.
On October 4, four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger. President Donald Trump addressed the deaths 12 days later in a conference.
“I felt very, very badly about that,” Trump said Monday. “I always feel badly. It is the toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens, soldiers are killed.”