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    Internet Fries Trump for Reported Insensitivity Toward Dead Soldier's Widow

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    President Donald Trump is catching flack on social media after allegedly telling a fallen US Special Forces soldier's widow that "he knew what he signed up for" when he was sent to participate in a counterinsurgency operation in Niger.

    Speaking by telephone to Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow of 25-year-old Sgt. La David Johnson, whose body was returned to Miami Tuesday afternoon, Trump allegedly said that the soldier "knew what he signed up for…but when it happens, it hurts anyway." That's according to Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson, who says she sat in on the call and heard Trump's remarks by speakerphone.

    "It's so insensitive. He should not have said that. He shouldn't have said it," Wilson said, speaking to WPLG Local 10 News in Miami.

    "This is a young, young woman, who has two children, who is six months pregnant with a third child," Wilson later added, speaking to CNN. "She has just lost her husband. She was just told that he cannot have an open-casket funeral, which gives her all kinds of nightmares –how his body must look, how his face must look – and this is what the president of the United States says to her?"

    The congresswoman expanded on her anger via Twitter, accusing the president of lacking "the character, empathy or grace" to be president, and promising to fight for an investigation into the deaths of the four Special Forces troops, including Johnson, who were killed during an operation against Islamist militants in Niger earlier this month.

    Wilson's indignation was soon matched by Twitter, many already outraged over the president's false suggestion that his predecessor Barack Obama did not make calls to the families of US soldiers killed in action. Trump has since backpedaled on those claims.

    Veterans and supporters of the military were particularly outraged, some even calling on Trump to resign.

    Others said that Trump's remarks led them to believe that the president may be a "sociopath," or that they demonstrate his insincerity amid the recent NFL taking a knee scandal.

    Others still pointed to Trump's own rather murky military record.

    ​Not everyone was shocked, however. Some users suggested that at this point, they are not at all surprised by Trump's antics.

    Finally, some users, overcome with emotion, decided to simply send their condolences instead of focusing on Trump.

    Update:

    On Wednesday morning, President Trump issued a tweet denying that he made the callous remark, noting that he has proof that Wilson "totally fabricated" what he had said to the widow.

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