Pregnant Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson said that President Donald Trump didn't remember her late husband's name during a phone call that reportedly left her in tears, but the president suggested that her account of their interaction might not be truthful.
"Right from the beginning, there's no hesitation, one of the great memories of all time," he recounted of their phone call while gesturing toward his head, according to Business Insider. "There was no hesitation. I think she is a fantastic woman, I was extremely nice to her, extremely respectful."
Trump added that, while he had never met Myeshia in person, she sounded "like a lovely lady," and he was "extremely courteous" and "extremely nice to her" and "everyone else."
"I respect her, I respect her family," he added before pointing to an imaginary paper in front of him. "I certainly respect [fallen soldier La David Johnson] who, by the way, I called La David right from the beginning. … Just so you understand, they put a chart in front, 'La David.' Says 'La David Johnson.'"
La David and three others were killed during an October ambush in Niger. When the president phoned Myeshia to offer his condolence, she said he told her that La David "knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways," notes NBC News.
"It made me cry because I was very angry about the tone of his voice and how he said it," Myeshia told "Good Morning America," according to NBC. "He couldn't remember my husband's name. The only way he remembered my husband's name was because he told me he had my husband's report in front of him, and that’s when he actually said La David."
She said that she "heard him stumbling" attempting to recall her husband's name, which made her "cry even more."
"That's what hurt me the most because if my husband is out there fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?" she asked.
Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida also heard the phone call and recounted similar details before Myeshia told her side of the story, though Trump called Wilson "wacky" and said that she "totally fabricated" the conversation.
"Everyone knows when you go to war you could possibly not come back alive, but you don't remind a grieving widow of that," Wilson said.
Meanwhile, Myeshia said that she just wants to see her husband's body, which she has not yet been allowed to do, while Trump thinks the whole story is getting blown out of proportion by reporters who make him out to be "more uncivil" than he really is, notes Business Insider.
"You know it's interesting, you folks have called many people that I spoke to," Trump told the media. "Everybody has said unbelievable, good things about me. But you never report that."