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Trump told soldier’s widow he knew ‘what he signed up for,’ Congresswoman says

By Phil Helsel, Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker,

A Florida congresswoman said the family of a U.S. service member killed in Niger was “astonished” when President Donald Trump suggested in a phone call that the soldier “must’ve known what he signed up for.”

Rep. Frederica Wilson told NBC Miami that she heard the president’s comment to Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, on a speakerphone as they traveled together to meet his body on Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2017 10 18 at 9.26.04 AM“He said, ‘But you know he must’ve known what he signed up for,'” the Democrat recounted Trump saying more than once during the call to express his sympathy. According to Wilson, the conversation lasted somewhere from three to five minutes.


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