Ever since he made disparaging remarks about the Gold Star Mother over a year ago, this is the moment we've been building to. When it falls upon a President Donald Trump to comfort the grieving family members of those who gave their lives in service, and he can't hide who he is. "He knew what he signed up for."
When I read this, I gasped. I think this is the first time I've gasped at something Trump has said or done in some time. More than his careless attempted dismantling of the ACA, it's when he reveals himself to be a big, dumb, selfish child. I just hate this man.
Trump tells soldier's widow: 'He knew what he signed up for,' lawmaker says
After facing criticism for not calling the families of four soldiers who died in combat, President Trump reached out to one of the widows Tuesday and said her husband "knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens it hurts anyway," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).
The call between Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, lasted about five minutes, according to accounts that Wilson provided to local media.
Wilson, a friend of the family, was in the car for the call, which happened before the fallen soldier's remains arrived at Miami International Airport.
"Yes, he said it," Wilson told the media. "It's so insensitive."
Trump's silence on the deaths of the soldiers, who were killed in combat in Niger on Oct. 6, generated controversy on Monday. When he was asked why he had not commented on their deaths, Trump responded by saying that President Obama and other presidents also had failed to reach out to families of servicemen killed in action.
That comment drew rebukes from former Obama staffers, who noted the many times that Obama had called family members of soldiers killed in action. Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff for Obama, tweeted that it was a lie.
"He's a deranged animal," she said of Trump.
On Tuesday, Trump brought Gen. John F. Kelly, his chief of staff, into the controversy, saying Kelly hadn't received a call from Obama when his son, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, 29, died in combat in 2010.
"As far as other presidents, I don't know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? I don't know what Obama's policy was," Trump said in an interview on Fox News Radio.
A White House official who demanded anonymity said that Obama did not call Kelly after the death. The official did not immediately say whether Kelly received a letter.
Times staff writer Noah Bierman contributed to this report.http://www.latimes.com/politics/washing ... story.html
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