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Donald Trump Challenges Widow of Slain Soldier in Niger After She Criticizes Phone Call

ADDS TRUMP'S RESPONSE TO REP. WILSON - In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, upon his body's arrival in Miami. President Donald Trump told the widow that …
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President Donald Trump insisted that he did not hesitate or stumble during a phone conversation with Myeshia Johnson — the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during a military mission in Niger.

Johnson told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Trump was “stumbling” as he spoke her husband’s name.

“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,” she said. “I heard him stumblin’ on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me the most.”

Trump disputed her characterization of his phone call on Twitter.

“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” he wrote.

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