A Gold Star widow says Trump understood her loss

Former AG to Trump You crossed the line

Another Gold Star family - not the one at the center of the controversy - has shared a video that was recorded of Natasha De Alencar, whose husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, was killed in Afghanistan.

Wilson lashed out at Trump for being cold-hearted and insensitive to Myeshia Johnson on the call, accusing him of not even knowing the name of her husband.

The Gold Star father says in situations like this one it seems impossible to know the right things to say.

The White House went into damage-control mode shortly after President Donald Trump said in an interview on October 17 that he had called the families of "virtually everybody" in the military who has been killed this year.

Surrounded by her children in the living room, De Alencar picked up the phone and turned on the speakerphone. Kelly said Trump expressed his condolences in that call "the best way that he could".

Amid claims that President Trump told the grieving widow of a US soldier killed during an ambush in Niger this month that her husband "knew what he was signing up for", a widow of an Army staff sergeant who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this year has shared the recording of her call with the president, showing Trump was respectful and kind after her husband's death.

"It became nothing about politics but a person who understood, and that is what he gave to us", De Alencar said.

After she had waited on hold for 15 or so minutes, Trump's voice echoed out of the phone's tiny speaker, while one of De Alencar's daughters filmed the conversation.

Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four American soldiers killed in Niger almost two weeks ago.

But they're not looking for a call.

For their part, Gold Star families, which have lost members in wartime, told AP of acts of intimate kindness from Obama and Bush when those commanders in chief consoled them.

Mark Hunter, his father, said a military casualty officer informed the family that Trump would call and the family was let down when he didn't.

Wilson has not responded to De Alencar's release of the video.

"It's somebody other than your family, it's somebody up there in the White House that appreciates your son's service".

Despite the much heavier toll on his watch - more than 800 dead each year from 2004 through 2007 - Bush wrote to all bereaved military families and met or spoke with hundreds if not thousands, said his spokesman, Freddy Ford. I didn't think it would happen.

After U.S. Army Specialist Isiah Booker died January 7 in Jordan, apparently when operating heavy construction equipment, President Barack Obama did not call. Frank Robert Gross, said Trump's "words are basically being taken and misconstrued". Relatives of two also confirmed they did not get letters. Kimball lives in Fort Benning, Georgia, and her son grew up in Cleveland, Texas.

"I just wanted him to not forget my son".

The parents of a U.S. Army specialist killed in Syria in May said Thursday they hadn't received any acknowledgment from President Trump, despite his claim to have called "virtually" all families of fallen U.S. soldiers.

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