Democrat fabricated account of 'insensitive chat' with soldier's widow

Donald Trump has been branded

Mr Trump later tweeted: "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)".

I was in the auto when president Trump called.

She added that Kelly was "disgusted" the condolence calls had been politicized but said she was not certain if the chief of staff knew Trump was going to talk about his son publicly. "She was just told that he can not have an open casket funeral which gives her all kinds of nightmares about what his body must look, what his face must look, and this is what the president of the United States says to her", Wilson said.

Ms Wilson said she was in a limousine with the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, on the way to greet his coffin off the plane, when the phone call happened.

President Donald Trump accused a Miami-Dade Democratic congresswoman Wednesday morning of lying about his response to a fallen soldier's widow - that "he knew what he signed up for" - and said he had proof of the conversation.

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Cowanda Jones-Johnson told The Post.

President Donald Trump earlier unleashed controversy this week when he said that his predecessors, including President Barack Obama, did not personally call families of fallen soldiers, a statement refuted by Obama officials.

Panetta took particular issue with Trump singling out White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has always been reluctant to talk about his son who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, to bolster his claims that Obama had not called grieving military families. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING: "I mean you can ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?"

Holder, a top ally of Obama's who was attorney general for the first six years of his presidency, said Trump's comments made him feel he needed to speak out. Trump has since received criticism for the remarks he made to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt.

CNN reports that check was sent the same day the Post's story was published. Neither has yet happened, Baldridge told The Post. You can say, 'I'm so sorry for your loss. Stung by criticism of the way he's handled the deaths of US soldiers in Niger, the president claimed earlier this week that he makes more calls to the families of soldiers who are killed in action than previous presidents have made. What's different is that Trump, alone among them, has suggested he's done a better job of honoring the war dead and their families.

Mr Trump initially claimed that only he among presidents made sure to call families. Another Gold Star father said Trump had offered him $25,000 and an online fundraiser for his family, which never materialized.

"Those interactions in some ways I think reveal you for who you are", Holder said.

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