Donald Trump has been accused of forgetting fallen soldier's name during a phone call with his grieving widow.
President Donald Trump has reportedly left the widow of a fallen green beret devastated after failing to remember her husband’s name.
The accusation has been levelled by Democrat congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was present during the President’s phone call with Myesha Johnson, the pregnant widow of US Special Forces soldier Sergeant La David Johnson.
Ms Wilson first caused a political firestorm when she took to Twitter to reveal Trump had told Ms Johnson, her husband “knew what he signed up for… But when it happens it hurts anyway”.
But in a follow-up interview with MSNBC, she made the explosive accusation that the President had forgotten the soldier’s name.
“That wasn’t the worst part. [Ms Johnson] was crying the whole time and when she hung up the phone she looked at me and said ‘He didn’t even remember his name’,” the congresswoman said.
Trump’s phone call, which he promised to make “when it’s appropriate”, came as Ms Johnson and her two children were driving to the airport to meet his coffin. The condolence call reportedly lasted approximately five minutes.
Trump denies the claims, tweeting: “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
Although the White House has since confirmed there is no recording of the conversation.
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Trump’s hollow promise to grieving father
A grieving military father has told The Washington Post that President Donald Trump offered him $US25,000 after his son was killed, but failed to follow-through.
Chris Baldridge’s son, Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, was killed in June this year, during a suspected insider attack by an Afghan police officer.
During a call with the president, The Post reports, Trump offered to write Mr Baldridge a personal cheque of $US25,000 and said he would work to establish an online fundraiser for the family. Neither has yet happened, according to the slain soldier’s father.
“I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this,” Mr Baldridge said. “He said, ‘No other president has ever done something like this… I’m going to do it’.”
A White House spokeswoman told The Post that the cheque has now been sent.