The set on “Fox & Friends” moved into damage control on Wednesday after reports that President Donald Trump told the widow of a fallen U.S. soldier that “he knew what he signed up for.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt chided the president’s armchair critics and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who claimed Tuesday that she had heard the president’s call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. Johnson was one of four special-services soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month.
“Out of all the things you want to complain about the president, this is not something you should be complaining about,” Earhardt said. “In my opinion because he called the family to say. ‘I’m really sorry, thank you for your sacrifice.’ She didn’t like the tone. She didn’t like the way he phrased one sentence. Do you really think the president was calling to condemn the family?”
Earhardt also suggested that rather than complain, people should be grateful that Trump called at all.
“My response to this was the president of the United States of America called to say, ‘Thank you for your service, I am sorry for your sacrifice,'” she said. “That in and of itself is extremely special, that the president of the United States picked up the phone to call these families.”
Fellow host Brian Kilmeade added his voice too, blasting Wilson to running to the media.
“Who are you to sit there and say I am offended by the way the president’s tone to this family,” he said. “For her to scramble and call CNN to make herself this major event is totally inappropriate.”
For his part, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday himself to deny Wilson’s claims to NBC’s Miami affiliate — and said he had “proof” that her assertions about his call were “totally fabricated.”
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!,” he tweeted.
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
Time will tell.