President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning on Twitter that he never told the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson that the soldier "knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens, it hurts anyway."
"Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)," the tweet said. "Sad!"
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, told reporters that Trump made the "insensitive" remark while speaking to Johnson's widow during a telephone conversation.
"Yeah, he said that," Wilson said. "So insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."
Wilson fired back at Trump, telling CNN that she had proof, too.
"This man is a sick man," she said. "He's cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone."
Johnson, a 25-year-old father of two, was killed Oct. 4 while fighting in Niger.
The conversation between Trump and Myeisha Johnson took place Tuesday, before the soldier's body arrived at Miami International Airport.
"When she actually hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, 'He didn't even know his name,'" Wilson said. "Now that's the worst part."