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In her first interview since a scandal ignited over President Trump’s handling of her Army sergeant husband’s death in Niger, Myeshia Johnson said on Monday that Trump couldn’t even remember La David Johnson’s name when he placed the customary call to offer condolences to her.

“It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of [Trump’s] voice,” Johnson said on Good Morning America about the now-infamous call, which she and Rep. Frederica Wilson received en route to the airport to meet her husband’s body. “He couldn’t remember my husband’s name...I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me the most.”

She continued: “He risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”

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Johnson also backed Wilson’s account of the call, saying Trump said her husband “‘knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways,’” and that Wilson’s telling “was 100% correct.”

Here’s the full interview.

After Wilson recounted the call to local media in Florida, Trump repeatedly fired back before sending his chief of staff John Kelly, himself a Gold Star parent, out to tell lies about Wilson for him.

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Following the segment airing this morning, Trump tweeted that he spoke the soldier’s name “without hesitation.”

WHAT ELSE?

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WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Bowe Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing begins today. He faces life in prison after entering a guilty plea on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
  • The Trump administration is expected to officially declare the opiate crisis a national public health emergency on Thursday, months after blindsiding officials by declaring he would do so, Axios reports.

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