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Politics Carson: Critics of Trump's call to Army widow are 'just looking for something to complain about'

18:08  25 october  2017
18:08  25 october  2017 Source:   thehill.com

What does a White House call mean for the family of a fallen soldier?

  What does a White House call mean for the family of a fallen soldier? It's one of the most heart-wrenching and somber functions of a commander in chief: calling or writing the grieving family of a fallen soldier. But the normally private moment between the President and a bereaved citizen has turned into a public debacle for President Donald Trump. Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson claimed the President told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson -- one of four US soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month -- that "he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt." Trump later tweeted that Wilson "totally fabricated" the story.

Carson: Critics of Trump's call to Army widow are 'just looking for something to complain about' © Provided by The Hill Carson: Critics of Trump's call to Army widow are 'just looking for something to complain about'

Housing Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday defended President Trump's controversial call to the widow of fallen U.S. soldier, saying the president's critics are "just looking for something to complain about."

Carson said Trump meant to comfort Myeshia Johnson, widow of slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson, and that Trump would have been criticized no matter what he said during the call.

"No matter what he says or does, they criticize him," Carson said, when asked at an interview with The Hill about how fairly Trump had been treated by the media.

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  Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson has ‘nothing to say’ to Trump after controversial condolence call Her interview with “Good Morning America” came two days after Sgt. La David Johnson was buried in Florida.“Very upset and hurt; it made me cry even worse,” Myeshia Johnson told “Good Morning America” about her conversation with the president.

"You wouldn't call someone to insult them. You call someone to try to comfort them."

Carson suggested that Trump would have been called a "racist" if he called Johnson's death in Niger a "dark day" because the slain soldier is black.

Myeshia Johnson and members of her family on the call with Trump said the president stumbled over her husband's name and left them crying at the end of the call.

Trump has denied he said anything wrong, and White House aides have defended the president's intentions while slamming the Johnson's congresswoman, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who initially publicized the call. 

"I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!" Trump wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

Carson said on Wednesday that constantly criticizing Trump even jeopardizes national security.

"When we're always looking to be critical of everything, how could we ever be in a condition to protect ourselves in an increasingly dangerous world," the former pediatric neurosurgeon said, citing North Korea's potential acquisition of nuclear weapons.

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