Rep. Who Spoke About Trumps Call To Soldier's Widow Gets Threats

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 4:12 am
By: News 9

Rep. Frederica Wilson's office claims multiple threatening phone calls directed at congresswoman came into her D.C. office on Wednesday, CBS Miami reports.

Her staff told CBS Miami the calls were directly related to the phone call from President Trump to the wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

The congresswoman's staff said they alerted the Capital Police, Miami Garden Police and the threat division of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Wilson's staff said she is safe and that she is being protected at this point.

Wilson was thrown into the national spotlight after she said she was with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, when she received the call from Mr. Trump. Myeshia Johnson was on the way to the airport to greet her late husband's remains. 

"He said to the wife, 'Well, I guess he knew what he was getting into,'" said Wilson, who was in the car with Myeshia. "How insensitive can you be?"

Mr. Trump and the White House have disputed Wilson's remarks. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump's remarks were "sympathetic" and "respectful," and that the real problem is that his comments were "taken very far out of context by the media." 

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to defend himself.

Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump

Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!

6:25 AM - Oct 18, 201

Sanders said Wednesday there is no recording of the phone call between Mr. Trump and Myeshia Johnson. 

La David Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Associated Press Wednesday that the congresswoman's account was correct. 

"Yes, the statement is true," Jones-Johnson said. "I was in the car and I heard the full conversation."

During an interview Wednesday morning on CNN, Rep. Wilson said she stood by her story and several other people in the car, including the driver, a master sergeant and Myeshia Johnson's aunt and uncle heard the conversation.