President Trump called Natasha De Alencar to offer condolences after her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, was killed in Afghanistan on April 8. After she waited on hold for 15 or so minutes, President Trump came on the line and spoke with the widow on speaker phone.
"It made me feel good, knowing what my husband had done for his country", that Trump took the time to call, she said.
Surrounded by her children in the living room, De Alencar picked up the phone and turned on the speakerphone.
Amid claims that President Trump told the grieving widow of a USA soldier killed during an ambush in Niger this month that her husband "knew what he was signing up for", a widow of an Army staff sergeant who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this year has shared the recording of her call with the president, showing Trump was respectful and kind after her husband's death.
His chatter was simply reprehensible, and typical of Trump, who seemed to double down on his mistake later by questioning whether Obama had ever called Gen. John Kelly, his chief of staff, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
To date, Donald Trump has still issued no official statement on the US soldiers killed in Niger, either formally or on his Twitter page. La David Johnson who was among four US soldiers killed by enemy fire during an October 4 ambush in Niger, that he "knew what he was signing up for".
It's not hard to see why the White House would have been anxious about Trump's comments, and subsequently scrambled to make things look right.
Melania Trump is being honored by the Kuwait-American Foundation at a dinner benefiting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The White House said Wednesday, after the report, that "the check has been sent". He declared on Twitter: "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)".
Mark Hunter, his father, said a military casualty officer informed the family that Trump would call and the family was let down when he didn't.
Aaron Butler, a 27-year-old guardsman from Monticello, Utah, was killed August 16 at a booby-trapped building in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
De Alencar said she understands what the soldiers' families are going through.
"Now it's getting thousands of times more coverage because it's about Trump". "The family is very careful that they do not want to be pulled into a partisan slugfest", Boyle said. I didn't think it would happen. He was a member of the 7th Special Forces Group. Neither did Trump after he took office that month. Relatives of two also confirmed they did not get letters. "The president's made contact with all of the families that have been presented to him through the White House Military Office", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a briefing the day after Trump's statement. He left a "really nice" phone message with his cellphone number in case she needed anything, she said.
She paced up and down the stairs before finally going to the door of their home at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.