President Donald Trump, one of the nation’s most prolific tweeters, has been silent about the funeral of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four soldiers killed by Islamist militant in Niger. Trump, however, did take the time to continue his feud with Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.
On Saturday morning, hours before Johnson was laid to rest, Trump fired off this tweet:
During the funeral service, no one—including Wilson, who spoke at Christ the Rock Community Church in suburban Fort Lauderdale —mentioned the war of words with the president, NBC News reports.
Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia, is due to deliver the couple’s third child in January. The fallen soldier, 25, told his friends that they planned to name their new daughter La’Shee.
NBC said Myeshia led their two children, 6-year-old Ah’Leeysia and La David Jr., 2, into the service, accompanied by an Army officer. Approximately 1,200 mourners attended the high-profile funeral, including several elected officials.
“It hasn’t hit me yet, I haven’t had time to grieve,” said Angela Ghent, Johnson’s sister, after the service, the news outlet reported.
According to the network, photographs of Johnson’s fellow soldiers, who died in the Oct. 4 ambush, were displayed with a portrait of Johnson.
The feud between Trump and Wilson began on Tuesday when the Democratic lawmaker criticized Trump for his insensitive remark to the soldier’s wife, say that Johnson “knew what he signed up for.” Trump denied the statement in a tweet, but Johnson’s aunt backed Wilson’s version of the condolence phone call.
Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, joined the dispute on Thursday, alleging that Wilson took credit in a 2015 speech for obtaining funding for an FBI field office building. However, a video of the Wilson’s speech contradicted Kelly’s statement.
SOURCE: NBC News