The pregnant widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four U.S. service members killed in Niger earlier this month, expressed a mix of blame and sorrow today on "Good Morning America," saying she was "very angry" about President Donald Trump's condolence phone call and upset because she says he struggled to "remember my husband's name."
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke to Myeshia Johnson, who criticized Trump's handling of the phone call that started a firestorm of controversy.
"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," said Johnson, who had known her husband since she was 6 years old.
"That’s what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier."
After Johnson’s interview aired, Trump argued on Twitter today that he spoke Sgt. Johnson’s name “from the beginning” and “without hesitation.”
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., last week adamantly defended her version of Trump's phone call to Johnson in an interview with ABC News.
Wilson, who was accompanying Johnson to Dover Air Force Base when the president called, heard Trump on speakerphone attempting to console her.
"I heard him say, 'Well I guess you know he knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts,'" Wilson told ABC News.
Trump called the congresswoman’s description a "total fabrication."
But Johnson today said the congresswoman was "100 percent correct" about the call from Trump. “Why would we fabricate something like that?” she said this morning.
Johnson, days after being informed of her husband’s fatal firefight, said she was barred from seeing her husband’s body or given any straight story on how he died in Niger.
"I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband," Johnson, who's expecting to give birth to their daughter in January, said.
She added: “They won’t show me a finger, a hand; I know my husband’s body from head-to-toe and they won’t let me see anything.”