Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: 'He knew what he signed up for'

Mod: As someone pointed out the other day, Donald Trump has the empathy of a cockroach. 

Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: 'He knew what he signed up for' (ABC News Miami link):  President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that "he knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens, it hurts anyway," when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens.

"Yes, he said it," Wilson said. "It's so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."

The president called about 4:45 p.m. and spoke to Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, for about five minutes. She is a mother to Johnson's surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. The conversation happened before Johnson's remains arrived at Miami International Airport on a commercial Delta Airlines flight.

A top advisor later told Local 10 News "The president's conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private."

Wilson watched as the widow, who is expecting their third baby in January, leaned over the U.S. flag that was draping Johnson's casket. Her pregnant belly was shaking against the casket as she sobbed uncontrollably. Their daughter stood next to her stoically. Their toddler waited in the arms of a relative.

There was silence.

Local politicians, police officers and firefighters lined up to honor Johnson for his service and for the efforts and discipline that got the former Walmart employee to defy all odds and become a 25-year-old member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Johnson, who participated in a mentorship program Wilson founded in 1993, died during a mission fighting alongside Green Berets. Islamic militants ambushed them on Oct. 4 with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. The team reportedly didn't have overhead armed air cover and was in unarmored pickup trucks. Reuters reported the lack of planning upset the French.

Trump didn't discuss any of the details of the ambush or say that the Pentagon was conducting an investigation. Instead, he focused on questions about whether or not he had offered his condolences to the families of the fallen.

"I will, at some point, during the period of time, call the parents and the families, because I have done that, traditionally," Trump said during a press conference last week.

Wilson criticized Trump for failing to acknowledge Johnson's death after he was left behind during the evacuation. It took nearly two days to find his body in the Republic of Niger's desert. Johnson's body made it to the U.S. on Oct. 7 when Trump was playing golf with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Amid the controversy, Trump later said President Barack Obama and other presidents didn't make calls to the relatives of all fallen servicemen and women. Aides for both President George W. Bush and Obama reacted on Twitter and in The Huffington Post, saying the president misspoke.

Trump later backpedaled the claim during an interview with NBC's Peter Alexander.

"President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do, all I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything," Trump said. "But I like the combination of, I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter."

The Atlantic's David A. Graham believes Trump used the controversy to distract reporters. Despite the criticism, Trump continued the discussion on Fox News Radio when he raised doubt about whether or not Obama called his chief of staff, John Kelly, when Kelly's son died.

Graham said it was Trump's strategy to distract reporters from the important questions about the deadly ambush in Africa.

"The broader question, of what the soldiers who were killed were doing and what went wrong, remains unaddressed by the president, and Trump’s jab at other presidents may, unfortunately, help to keep it that way," Graham wrote.

After an emotional procession from Miami-Dade to Broward County, Johnson's remains were at a funeral home in Hollywood. There will be a public viewing from 4 to 8 p.m.  Friday and a funeral service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Christ The Rock Church at 11000 Stirling Road in Cooper City. The internment will be at the Hollywood Memorial Gardens, at 3001 N. 72 St.

According to officials with the Department of Defense, the other three victims of the attack were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.

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46 comments:

  1. Here is my observation on the difference in sensibilities between the far right trump supporters who hated Hillary and screamed "Bengazi, Bengazi!" if you tried to state your support for the Democratice nominee for President and liberal, principled platform Democrats...you will not hear the later screaming "Niger, Niger!" at a rally to oppose trump.

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    1. No, but we hear trump's supporters shouting a similar word regularly

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    2. Why would they care about a few dead soldiers when there are so many confederate statues to defend?

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  2. What is insensitive, is putting a private conversation out into the public, typical of the progressive left.
    When you volunteer for the Military, you DO know what you sign up for, that's understood. I find nothing insensitive about the Presidents remarks.
    Where was this fake emotion from the left during the return of the soldiers from Libya? Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton refuse to this day to acknowledge any wrong doing, and hid their heads in the sand on the return of the bodies to this country.

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    1. Nobody keeps the secrets of a fool, Tea Nut.

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    2. Again and for the record- the reason Clinton refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing is because there were multiple congressional investigations and.... she was not found guilty of any wrongdoing!

      Unlike Bush/Rumsfeld torturers

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    3. 6:10 - Trump's incompetence left those soldiers out to die.

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    4. It is implied, of course, that being in the armed services in defense of your country will bring you into deadly situations and you train for that. What you don't get to train for is the president calling your widow on the phone and during condolences mentioning the obvious, death is ever present therefore your late, departed husband knew what he was "getting into."

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    5. Insensitive to whom? The widow who no doubt authorized her Congresswoman friend of the family to talk about it? Or insensitive to your snowflake, man-child president for causing him to have yet another public tantrum?

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    6. If the President of the United States is going to say such awful things, then yes, people need to discuss it.

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    7. 6:18 Let's not forget that Rumsfeld personally delivered news to Saddam Hussein of Reagan's several billion dollar gift to Iraq immediately after Hussein gassed the Kurds.

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    8. Her mother heard the president's comments from speaker phone she was listening to with her daughter.

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  3. Taxpayers paid $7 million dollars for this republican boondoggle:

    WASHINGTON — Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead.

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  4. When does Trey Gowdy's Niger investigation begin?

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    1. Trey's too busy looking for his missing chromosomes.

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  5. Did someone reference the dictators name to that of a 'Cockroach'? this of course is quit insulting to 'cockroach's' there might be the need for a DNA comparison test to be performed in order to clear the 'cockroach's of the world's good name'.

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  6. Who paid the firm to do oppositional Russian surveillance? I don't know; i'll take the 5th!

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  7. President Trump meets with members of the Senate Finance Committee. Once in a life time opportunity.
    The plan will provide the largest tax cut in American history.
    From the higest taxed Nation, now to the lowest taxed Nation.

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    1. More troll talk. Disproven again. Every day.

      "We're the highest taxed country in the world, and yet we may get no Democrat support," Trump continued.

      Trump has continually repeated the claim, which has been proven false by several independent analyses.

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    2. More troll talk. Disproven again. Every day.

      "We're the highest taxed country in the world, and yet we may get no Democrat support," Trump continued.

      Trump has continually repeated the claim, which has been proven false by several independent analyses.

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    3. There is a lot of truth about unfair tax burdens.

      For example, a 16 year old working in McDonalds for minimum wage pays more in taxes than Trump pays in federal taxes against millions and millions in income.

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  8. New Flash! The entire conversation is called into question, whether it took place at all, between the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson and Rep. Wilson.
    My guess is that the Representative can't recall that all calls from the White House are recorded!

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    1. I'm sure the tape, if there ever was one, has disappeared by now. Trump is a congenital liar, and those who believe him fools.

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  9. Is there anyone the resistance will not use?October 18, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    It is true. Each of the members of our all volunteer armed forces know what they are signing up for: A career of sacrifice, that pays them little, and that puts their lives in danger. That is why they are special. And that is why we honor them.

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    1. Another gentleman who is about as sensitive as a toilet seat.

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    2. What a naive view of how the military works. They are volunteers so they're not sacrificing anything. Working as a roofer has a higher mortality rate. The military gets great lifetime benifits. Even for only a few years of service.

      They're just regular fellow citizens. Some are even paid hired mercenaries like Betsy DeVos' crooked swamp brother. But a very small few, just like our other fellow citizens outside the military, actually become heroes for going above and beyond. Those few are the true heroes. There rest are just regular citizens who happen to have chosen that particular career.

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  10. Poll Reveals Just How Frighteningly Stupid Trump Supporters Truly Are, Enter at Your Own Risk

    The brainless human beings who support Trump have a perplexing undying loyalty for their leader. No matter how many laws he breaks or how offensive the words are that come out of his mouth, they are there to support him. The sad part is the fact that he would never do the same for them.

    http://instapolitical.com/donald-trump/frighteningly-stupid-trump-supporters/

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    1. Same pollster's that had Hilldog winning...

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    2. They were right. She beat the crazy old man by 3 million votes.

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    3. Again, for the record, Hillary Clinton won the vote.

      Troll dog.

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  11. 11:4am. Just curious, which laws has President Trump broken and what offensive words has President Trump spoken?

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    1. See the comment at 11:48.

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    2. To start, his three travel bans have all broken the law. Here's a little more backstory you already know about:
      — Donald Trump has a long history of not honoring contracts with construction companies
      — Donald Trump has knowingly and intentionally defrauded Trump University students, fleecing them out of thousands of dollars
      — He may have illegally coordinated with his SuperPac
      — He illegally used corporate resources to pay an employee to write a political speech
      — He violated federal law by claiming proceeds from various Trump products would go to charity, although there is no evidence that Trump ever donated the money to charity
      — He violated IRS rules by using $12,000 from his charity organization to purchase a Tim Tebow helmet
      — He violated election laws by emailing foreign officials to solicit political contributions
      — He violated federal laws by offering Ben Carson a job in exchange for his endorsement
      — His employees violated a U.S. trade embargo by pursuing commercial activities in Cuba when it was illegal to do so
      — He’s run afoul of election laws by using campaign contributions to pay $6 million to his own businesses
      — He violated Wisconsin election laws by talking with voters as they stood in line to vote
      — He violated New York state education laws for operating a for-profit investment school without the required license
      — His foreign policy proposals would violate NATO
      — He’s violated copyright law for using copyrighted images without permission
      — Many of the proposals he has vowed to pursue as President violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution
      — Trump broke New York state law by lobbying to prevent an Indian casino from opening in the Catskills
      — His vow to use torture on suspected terrorists would violate the Geneva conventions. He would be committing war crimes.
      — He broke anti-discrimination laws to keep a mob boss gambling at one of his casinos
      — He violated immigration laws by misrepresenting his company on work-visa applications


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  12. Sign: STOP THE CAR TAX.ORG

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  13. Johnson was a Green Beret, he did know what he signed up for...that was just a way a man would explain extreme bravery, in and at an emotional time...

    Sheesh

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    1. He knew. But you don't say that to his grieving widow. Especially when you had been playing golf when his body was returned home. As far as military tactics under Trump? This is Benghazi times 10.

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    2. Dude, what is wrong with you? The grieveing mother directly said Trump offended her.

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  14. Trump was given an official statement of condolence for the US soldiers killed in Niger but never delivered it
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-soldiers-dead-niger-condolences-statement-never-gave-it-white-house-a8007866.html

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  15. I love how just two days ago the Tattler trolls was saying how atheletes should be banned from sports for not standing and saluting the military at a commercial event that's entirely unrelated to the military, but now today when someone from the actual military dies it's like - no big deal 'that's what they signed up for' to their very own family.

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  16. 3:22pm. If that's the case, then he should have pulled an Obama and not called her at all!

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    1. When Trump does nothing the results improve.

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    2. Desperate troll still trying to peddle trump's disproven talking points

      Coward

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  17. Not yet mentioned a followers of some religious views that do not stand for the flag salute. I met this as a classroom teacher and it was not difficult to explain that this was guaranteed by the constitution. You can bet that trump missed that lesson.

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