Scott: Remember heroism of Sgt. La David Johnson, not Trump controversy

In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket in Miami of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. (WPLG via AP)

WEST PALM BEACH — Army Sgt. La David Johnson should be remembered for being a hero rather than for the ongoing controversy over President Donald Trump‘s phone call to his widow, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said today.

Johnson and three other soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger this month. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, listened to Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson last week and accused the president of being insensitive in his remarks. The controversy escalated today when Myeshia Johnson backed up Wilson’s account in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America and said that Trump didn’t seem to know her husband’s name when he called.

Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow: Trump said, ‘He knew what he signed up for’

Trump responded on Twitter shortly after Myeshia Johnson’s interview.

“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” Trump tweeted.

Scott, who handed out 374 appreciation medals to military veterans at a National Guard Armory here this morning, was asked about the controversy.

“What gets lost in all of this is Sgt. Johnson’s a hero. Here’s somebody that lost his life. His whole family’s life is going to be changed. But he’s a hero. My heart goes out to them,” Scott said.

The governor added: “Let’s recognize him for his service and let’s appreciate his service and let’s don’t lose sight of that…Let’s recognize him as a hero and that’s what we ought to be talking about every day.”

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Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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