Military widow Myeshia Johnson said Monday morning that President Donald Trump could not remember her husband’s name during a phone call that has sparked a national controversy.
Ms Johnson’s late spouse Sgt La David Johnson was travelling back from a community leadership meeting in Niger on Oct 4 along with a dozen Special Forces before being ambushed by militants affiliated with Daesh (IS).
Johnson and three others were killed, and two others injured.
Investigations by the US Department of Justice and the military’s Africa Command are looking into why Johnson was apparently separated from the others in the ensuing shootout.
His surviving wife told ABC News that Mr Trump’s “stumbling” had “hurt her the most.”
“If my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risks his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”
Trump had responded within minutes of this story breaking, disputing her account.
He tweeted that he had “a very respectful conversation” with Ms Johnson, posting that he had spoke his name “without hesitation.”
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
Johnson has yet to respond to Trump’s tweet.
John Kelly last week made a heartfelt defence of Trump and the “sacredness” of such a call from the president to console a loved one of a lost soldier.
He ended up disputing Trump’s denial that he said “inconsiderate” words to the widow but confirming it in his account from the podium of the White House press room.
Trump denies Wilson’s claims
Trump denied a politician’s claim that he made Johnson cry during a phone call by uttering insensitive words as completely false.
US Congresswoman Frederica Wilson claimed he told the bereaved wife of Sgt. La. David Johnson that “he knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.”
The president tweeted out early last Wednesday morning he had proof that Wilson, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, had “totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action.”
Mr. Trump has yet to provide evidence of the fabrication.
Trump was alread under fire for saying most other presidents did not contact the families of dead US armed forces members after not initially connecting with the families of those that died in Niger.
Wilson told Miami TV station WPLG that she heard Trump say the remarks to Ms Johnson while on speakerphone. She said the call was made just before the soldier’s casket arrived in the state.
Basketball great Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
The L.A. Lakers star won five championships.
Basketball legend and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant died in a California helicopter crash on Sunday along with at least one of his daughters and seven others, reports and officials said.
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A fire broke out sending his Sikorsky S-76 helicopter spiralling out of an overcast sky above Calabasas and killing all five on board. It has been widely reported that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore is among the dead.
During a brief initial press conference on Sunday evening, authorities said that there were nine killed in the crash. Police received a call at 9:47 a.m. that a helicopter may have crashed, officials said.
The Bryants were on their way to Mamba Academy for basketball practice, reports say.
Allen Kenitzer, an FAA spokesman, said his agency and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating. Sikorsky says it is cooperating with authorities to find out the cause of the crash.
Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 17, Bianka, three, and Capri, sevens months.
The L.A. Lakers star is considered one of greatest basketball players of all time. He spent his entire 20-year National Basketball Association career with the California team.
Bryant, 41, won five championships and was an 18-time all-star. He is known for scoring 81 points in a single game.
The basketball great’s final tweet was sent out on Saturday evening, congratulating LeBron James for taking his position as third on the ladder in overall career points.
Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 but began a new career in Hollywood. In 2018, he won an Oscar along with director Glen Keane for the animated short film “Dear Basketball”, the L.A. Times reports.
IGNITE Vice President Ryan Stafford, who represents Lakeshore Campus, posted a tribute to the basketball legend on his Instagram Story.
The following obituary was posted by Reuters news agency:
“A transcendent star who went straight from high school to the game’s biggest stage, Bryant won five NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers and was the face of the franchise during his 20-year career.”
“Bryant, a small forward and shooting guard, averaged 25 points during his career and twice led the NBA in scoring.”
“He was an 18-times NBA All-Star who wore the jersey numbers 24 and 8 – both of which were retired by the Lakers – and continued the ‘Showtime’ tradition of the storied franchise that has been home to the likes of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.”
U.S. President Donald Trump called the development “terrible news”. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Bryant “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes.”
An NBA game taking place at the time the news broke took a moment of silence and soccer superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. made a “24” symbol with his fingers after scoring a goal on Sunday. ■
Trudeau outlines plan to pass trade deal
CUSMA will come before parliament.
After the new North American free trade deal approved by U.S. Senate, the Canadian government plans to ratify the deal next week.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke Tuesday in a news conference after a three-day cabinet retreat in Winnipeg, saying that it’s the government’s utmost priority to push forward with the Canadian-U.S.-Mexico agreement, known domestically as CUSMA, as millions of jobs depend on the new trade pact.
“On Monday, we will present a ways and means motion, and on Wednesday we will table legislations to ratify the deal,” said Trudeau, describing what will take place next week.
In order for the Liberals to pass this legislation in a minority government, they will neeed the support of another party in the House of Commons. Trudeau had expressed is hopes that all parties will negotiate and cone on ratification together.
“What we are doing is reminding everyone in the House and across the country of how important it is to secure the most important trading relationship for future generations.”
CUSMA has been on the top of the list of government priorities that were discussed during the cabinet meetings in Winnipeg.
The cabinet ministers also listened to expert guest speakers, who discussed other important matters including the fight against climate change, the current state of the country’s economy and pressing global affairs, among other critical matters facing the new minority government.
The trade deal, a result of a year of sometimes rocky negotiations with with the Trump administration, has been passed in the U.S. Senate and is awaiting the president’s signature. It has also been approved in Mexico.
Justin Trudeau said in Winnipeg “we are going to make sure we move forward in the right way and that means ratifying this new NAFTA as quickly as possible.”
Conservatives who are the main opposition, are generally supportive of the deal, but have vowed to grill the Liberals over its specifics when the House of Commons resumes sitting on Monday. ■
Weinstein charged with rape, sexual assault
The disgraced media mogul faces up to 28 years in prison for these charges alone.
A Los Angeles district attorney on Monday charged disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein with raping a woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013.
If Weinstein is convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 28 years in prison.
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement, reported Reuters.
It comes the same day that Weinstein is on trial for a separate but similar case in New York. ■
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