He knew what he signed up for . . .

Fury at Trump’s ‘com­ment to dead sol­dier’s wi­dow’

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DON­ALD Trump told the preg­nant wi­dow of a sol­dier who died in ac­tion that he ‘knew what he signed up for’, it was re­ported yes­ter­day.

The Pres­i­dent was said to have made the re­mark in a five-minute call to Myeshia John­son to of­fer his con­do­lences over the death of her hus­band, La David, who was one of four US Spe­cial Forces troops killed in Niger ear­lier this month.

He re­port­edly said that the 25-year- old ‘knew what he signed up for… but when it hap­pens it hurts any­way.’

The re­marks were al­legedly over­heard by Demo­crat con­gress­woman Fred­er­ica Wil­son, who was with the wi­dow when she took the call on Tues­day. Mrs John­son was on the way to col­lect her hus­band’s re­mains at Mi­ami Air­port, where she was filmed sob­bing as she leaned over her hus­band’s flag-draped cof­fin.

She is six months preg­nant with their third child.

Last night Mr Trump de­nied he had made the re­marks, tweet­ing:

‘He’s a de­ranged an­i­mal’

‘Demo­crat con­gress­woman to­tally fab­ri­cated what I said to the wife of a sol­dier who died in ac­tion (and I have proof). Sad!’

But La David John­son’s mother, Cowanda Jones-John­son, in­sisted yes­ter­day that the con­gress­woman’s ac­count was cor­rect.

She said: ‘I was in the car and I heard the full con­ver­sa­tion.’

Mrs Wil­son added: ‘Yes, he said it. It’s so in­sen­si­tive. He should have not have said that. It was al­most like say­ing, “You signed up to do this, and if you didn’t want to die, shouldn’t have signed up”.’

The sergeant and three fel­low sol­diers were killed by Is­lamic State-linked fight­ers in Niger on Oc­to­ber 4. The US is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the am­bush. The Pres­i­dent’s fail­ure to com­ment pub­licly on the tragedy for 12 days led to a firestorm of crit­i­cism. When he broke his si­lence, Mr Trump claimed wrongly that past pres­i­dents of­ten did not call the fam­i­lies of fallen sol­diers.

He said on Mon­day: ‘So the tra- di­tional way, if you look at Pres­i­dent Obama and other pres­i­dents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls.’

Mr Trump’s com­ments pro­voked fury, with for­mer Obama deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mas­tromonaco de­nounc­ing him on Twit­ter as ‘a de­ranged an­i­mal’.

White House Press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said in a state­ment: ‘Pres­i­dent Trump spoke to all four of the fam­i­lies of those who were killed in ac­tion in Niger.

‘ He of­fered con­do­lences on be­half of a grate­ful na­tion and as­sured them their fam­ily’s ex­tra­or­di­nary sac­ri­fice to the coun­try will never be for­got­ten.’

Grief: Myeshia John­son sobs on her hus­band’s cof­fin

Killed: La David John­son, 25

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