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Soldier's Widow Opens Up About The Anger She Felt After Trump's Condolence Call

Myeshia Johnson has spoken publicly for the first time since Trump allegedly remarked that her late husband "knew what he was getting into."

Myeshia Johnson has broken her silence.

Johnson's late husband, U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, was among four soldiers who were killed in Niger earlier this month, The Washington Post reports. Following Johnson's death, his pregnant widow received a condolence call from Donald Trump; according to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who's reportedly a friend of the family, Trump remarked during the call that Johnson "knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens, it hurts anyway."

"Yeah, he said that," Wilson told reporters. "It's so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."

Trump later accused Wilson of lying and claimed to have proof.

In an interview with Good Morning America this week, Johnson's widow confirmed Wilson's account of the president's comments, stating that Trump said her husband "knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways."

"And it made me cry. I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it," she continued.

Johnson also says Trump struggled to remember her husband's name during the call.

"He couldn't remember my husband's name," she said. "The only way he remember 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.'"

"I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name, and that's what hurt me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country why can't you remember his name?" she continued.

Shortly after Johnson discussed the call on TV, Trump responded via Twitter, writing, "I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!"

When it comes to her husband's death, Johnson is still seeking answers. ABC reports that she was barred from seeing her husband's body.

"I don't know what's in that box," she said of her husband's casket. "It could be empty for all I know. But I need to see my husband."

The circumstances of Sgt. Johnson's death in Niger remain a mystery to the family he left behind.

"I don't know how he got killed, where he got killed, or anything," Johnson said. "I don't know that part; they never told me and that's what I've been trying to find out since day one, since October fourth."

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