Donald Trump tells widow of soldier killed in action: 'He knew what he signed up for'
Donald Trump has been branded "insensitive" after reportedly telling the widow of a soldier killed in northwestern Africa that "he knew what he signed up for".
The US president, who has been criticised for not immediately reaching out to relatives of the four soldiers killed in Niger nearly two weeks ago, telephoned the wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson on Tuesday to offer his condolences.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson told CNN she was travelling with Myeshia Johnson on the way to Miami International Airport to see his casket arrive home when the president called.
She said Mr Trump told Mrs Johnson: "Well I guess he knew what he signed up for. But when it happens, it hurts anyway."
“They were astonished,” Ms Wilson told the New York Post. “It was almost like saying, 'You signed up to do this, and if you didn’t want to die, shouldn’t have signed up'.”