President Trump has continued to court controversy this week with his treatment of the families of four servicemen killed in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago.
The President was accused by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) of being highly insensitive in his treatment of the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, who was one of four US soldiers killed by ISIS fighters in Niger. Representative Wilson said that the President told Sgt. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, that “he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway”. Mrs. Johnson confirmed what the President said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC. Myeshia Johnson said the President’s comments made her cry, and that he struggled to remember Sgt. Johnson’s name.
The President’s words have sparked a national outcry, and reignited the conversation about his treatment of veterans in the past. During the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump engaged in a feud with the parents of Captain Humayun Khan, an American soldier killed in Iraq in 2007. After Capt. Khan’s father said that Trump had sacrificed nothing, Trump made the claim that he has “made a lot of sacrifices”. In fact, Trump had five deferments from the Vietnam draft, including one for alleged bone spurs in his heels.
In yet another example of President Trump’s disdain for military veterans, stating “I like people who weren’t captured”, in reference to Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Senator McCain was held as POW in Vietnam for five years, tortured and beaten brutally. He is permanently disabled as a result.
The only thing left for the President to do is apologize immediately for the grief he caused to a Gold Star widow. It is clear that our President does not respect our military, our veterans, or our prisoners of war.