Actor Tom Hanks has described the reported comments on President Donald Trump’s call to a Gold Star Widow as “one of the biggest c**k-ups on planet earth.”
“I’m only knowing what I read in the newspapers and what have you, and it just seems like one of the biggest c**k-ups on planet earth, if you ask me,” Hanks said on Saturday night after receiving the Records of Achievement Award at the annual National Archives Foundation gala in Washington, according to CNN.
“This is a tragedy of the utmost consequence and it goes much longer beyond who’s going to come out on top of the new story,” he continued. “I think it’s very sad.”
Hanks’s comments come amid a row over Trump’s comments to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was one of four soldiers killed in an attack in Niger.
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
Rep. Frederica Wilson claimed that Trump told the Gold Star Widow that her husband knew “what he signed up for.”
In an interview with Good Morning America, Johnson appeared to confirm this version of events, saying that it was “100 percent correct.”
“The president said ‘He knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway,”‘ Johnson said. “It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it.”
“‘He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” she continued. “The only way he remembered my husband’s name was because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him, and that’s when he actually said ‘La David.'”
Last week, Trump’s Chief of Staff General John Kelly, who himself is a Gold Star Father, defended the president over the incident and accused Rep. Wilson of politicizing what he called a “sacred” effort to console the grieving relatives of a slain soldier.
Kelly also recalled words of consolation from General Joseph Dunford that when his son died he was surrounded by his friends.
“That’s what the president tried to say to four families the other day,” he added.