After Army Sgt. La David Johnson was killed during an ambush in Niger a few weeks ago, Trump took it upon himself to contact the widow. But in true Trump fashion, he completely blew the PR opportunity when the president forgot the fallen soldier’s name. And when she revealed the disgusting fact to the media, Trump quickly denied her claim launching a political controversy. And now actor Tom Hanks has come forward to blast Trump for his failure in an interview with CNN.
While on the condolence call with Johnson’s widow, Trump mangled any chance of him getting good press off of it.
“The president said, ‘He knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway,’” the widow, Ms. Johnson, said during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “It made me cry because I was angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it.”
Not only did Trump demean the Army sergeant’s service, he also didn’t even remember his name while talking to his widow.
He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” Ms. Johnson said in the ABC interview. “The only way he remembered my husband’s name is because he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said ‘La David.’ I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name. And that’s what hurt me the most. If my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”
Because Trump’s failure has hurt the military family, actor Tom Hanks has come forward in a very public interview to criticize Trump.
“I’m only knowing what I read in the newspapers and what have you, and it just seems like it’s one of the biggest cock-ups on the planet Earth, if you ask me,” Hanks said about Trump’s failed condolence call. “This is a tragedy of the utmost consequence and it goes much longer beyond who’s going to come out on top of the news story. I think it’s very sad.”
Hanks suggests that angry Americans turn to history to “figure out” what can be done about today’s volatile and abnormal political climate.
“People are upset about what’s going on today. They’re furious, they’re frustrated, they’re worked up. If you’re concerned about what’s going on today, read history and figure out what to do because it’s all right there,” Hanks said on CNN.
Not only did Trump forget the fallen soldier’s name, he waited 13 long days to contact the Army sergeant’s widow.
Representative Frederica Wilson of Florida, a Democrat, was in the car with the widow when Trump’s called her and spoke to her for about five minutes.
Trump had repeatedly said that Sgt. Johnson “must have known what he signed up for.” As if this was something that could have consoled the widow after her husband was violently killed in the line of duty to his country.
“How could you say that to a grieving widow?” Rep. Wilson said. “This man has no feelings for anyone.”
What do you think should happen to Trump for demeaning the widow of a soldier?