BREAKING: @RepWilson heard @realDonaldTrump 's call to Widow of LaDavid Johnson, killed in Niger, and says it was "Insensitive and Insane" @WPLGLocal10 (1/2)— Ross Palombo (@RossPalombo) October 17, 2017
BREAKING: @RepWilson says @realDonaldTrump told soldier's widow "He knew what he signed up for... but when it happens it hurts anyway." @WPLGLocal10 (2/2)— Ross Palombo (@RossPalombo) October 17, 2017
And yes, it's verified:
Rep Wilson herself said: “So I heard what he said because the phone was on speaker.”.@RepWilson, who rode w/ Sgt. Johnson's widow, said she heard part of call w/ Pres. Trump; "He must've known what he signed up for" @NBC6 pic.twitter.com/Rep6ERrQEb— Michael Spears NBC6 (@MikeSpearsNBC6) October 17, 2017
The president called about 4:45 p.m. and spoke to Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, for about five minutes. She is a mother to Johnson’s surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. The conversation happened before Johnson’s remains arrived in a commercial Delta Airlines flight at Miami International Airport.The White House issued a statement on the reported conversation:
Well, not that private:BREAKNG: Top White House official tells me about @realDonaldTrump comment to soldier’s widow “The President’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.” @WPLGLocal10— Ross Palombo (@RossPalombo) October 18, 2017
“President Trump spoke to all four of the families of those who were killed in action in Niger,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, according to a pool report. “He offered condolences on behalf of a grateful nation and assured them their family’s extraordinary sacrifice to the country will never be forgotten.”We thought he'd reached his low point:
“The thing about Donald Trump that we’ve learned is it’s always about him and he can never be wrong,” former Barack Obama advisor David Axelrod noted. “Those two qualities ultimately will defeat him, but in the meantime, it’s a shame for the country and these families and it’s a shame that he would sully his predecessors this way.”
“The president himself is without shame,” [Anderson] Cooper replied. “There’s nothing off limits when it comes to when he feels he’s being attacked or asked a question.”
“What does it mean for the presidency as an institution?” Cooper asked David Gergen, who served in the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton administrations.
“I don’t know where this compulsion come from, it must be a place of deep insecurity on his part,” Gergen suggested. “He has this compulsion when he’s facing criticism and must be feeling embarrassed about it to lash out at others and to blame others.”
Donald Trump can always go lower than you imagine possible. “He was talking off the cuff, saying the same thing over and over again." Because, of course he was.
Donald Trump is even more of a failure than he appears to be.