>> The widow of a US soldier killed in the West African nation of Nigeria this month said on Monday a condolence call from President Donald Trump, quote, made me cry even worse. Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Sergeant La David T Johnson, told ABC's Good Morning America the president said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway.
And it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice, and how he couldn’t remember my husband's name. Trump responded to Myeshia interview with a tweet claiming, I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson and spoke his name from the beginning without hesitation.
Johnson and three other soldiers were killed and ambushed near the border between Niger and Mali on October 4th.>> In enroute to their operating base the patrol came under attack from approximately 50 enemy using small arms fire, rocket propelled grenades and technical vehicles.>> U.S. officials suspects that the troops were attacked by an Islamic state affiliate in West Africa.
While U.S. lawmakers are calling for answers on the U.S. military's presence in the region, the Trump administration has become entangled in a feud over his call to Myeshia Johnson. The controversy came to light when U.S. Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson who traveled with Johnson to receive her husband's casket last week said the President's call upset the widow.
>> I was in the car when President Trump called.>> Particularly when the President said the dead soldier quote, knew what he signed up for.>> How insensitive can you be?>> Didn't say what that Congresswoman said, didn't say it at all.>> Then it came out that those were the words Chief of Staff John Kelly suggested the president use.
He knew what he was getting himself into, because he enlisted.>> The slain soldier's wife told ABC she was not allowed to view her husband's body. She said the military has said little about how her husband died.