U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that "he knew what he signed up for ...but when it happens it hurts anyway," when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens. "Yes, he said it," Wilson said. "It's so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."
Trump has faced criticism in recent days for failing to call the families of service members killed while fighting Islamic militants in the African nation of Niger.
Trump blamed his failure to call the families of deceased service members on past presidents.
During a press conference yesterday, Trump mendaciously claimed that he was following a tradition set by other Presidents, include his predecessor Barack Obama, of not calling the families of deceased services members.
"President Obama I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do—all I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything," Trump said. "But I like the combination of—I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter."