WH Says It’s a ‘Disgrace’ Media Is Making Trump’s Phone Call to Widow Into Something It Wasn’t

By Melanie Arter | October 18, 2017 | 7:05pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - Despite Rep. Frederica Wilson’s (D-Fla.) negative account of President Donald Trump’s phone call with the widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson, the White House insisted Wednesday that the president was respectful and called it “a disgrace” that the media was trying to “portray an act of kindness like that” and make it into something it wasn’t.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that several members of the administration - including White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly - were in the room when the president made the call to Johnson’s wife.

When asked whether there were recordings of the president’s conversation, Sanders said, “No, but there were several people in the room from the administration that were on the call, including the Chief of Staff, General John Kelly.”

As CNSNews.com reported, Wilson claimed the president didn’t even know La David Johnson’s name and that Trump told his widow that La David must have known what he signed up for.

According to Sanders, Trump’s phone call was “completely respectful, very sympathetic, and expressed the condolences of himself and the rest of the country.” The president also “commended them for having an American hero in their family.”

“And I don't know how you could take that any other way,” Sanders said when asked whether the president was saying that the widow took his words the wrong way or out of context.

“So it was context. It wasn't that he didn't say those words. It was that the context -- he felt that she put it in the wrong context. Is that it?” a reporter asked.

“I'm not going to get into the back-and-forth. I think that the sentiment of the president was very clear. He took the time to make a call to express his condolences to thank the family for this individual's service. And I think it, frankly, is a disgrace of the media to try to portray an act of kindness like that and that gesture, and to try to make it into something that it isn't,” Sanders responded.

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