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Trump Told Slain Soldier’s Widow That He ‘Knew What He Was Getting Into’, Florida Congresswoman Says

NEW YORK — President Trump told the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger that he “knew what he was getting into,” said U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami), who said she was in the car where the phone call was received.

Myeshia Johnson was on her way to the airport to greet the remains of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, when she received the call from the commander-in-chief, CBS Miami reports.

“David was a young man from our community who gave his life for our country,” Rep. Wilson told CBS Miami. “He’s a hero. I was in the car when President Trump called. He never said the word hero. He said to the wife, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he was getting into.’ How insensitive can you be?”

A White House official did not dispute Rep. Wilson’s characterization of the phone call. The White House official told CBS News Mr. Trump’s conversations with “the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.”

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to deny Rep. Wilson’s assertions:

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

Told of the president’s tweet, on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday morning, Rep. Wilson responded, “Well, I don’t know what kind of proof he could be talking about. I’m not the only person that was in the car. And I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone. This is a grieving widow, a grieving widow who is six months pregnant. This is a young woman. She’s only 24 years old. She weighs maybe 110 pounds. And she has two other kids. 2 years old and 6 years old. And when she actually hung up the phone and she looked at me and said he didn’t even know his name. Now, that’s the worst part.”
After a service member is killed, the Defense Department speaks to the designated next of kin, and transmits the information to the Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of Defense passes it to the White House Military Office (WHMO), which also must confirm it. The twice-vetted information then goes to the president and his senior staff.

A White House official told CBS News the WHMO got the information Thursday, Oct. 19, and finished confirming it Monday. As soon as that was done, the letters were finalized and sent and calls scheduled, the official said. The calls from Trump to a designated family member were placed Tuesday, the official added.
Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. He left behind a wife who is six months pregnant and two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.

Innocent Man Freed After 23 Years Has Challenges In Front Of Him

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

There are several days that will always be etched in Lamonte McIntyre’s memory. His birthday, his mother’s birthday, April 15, 1994 and October 13, 2017

April 15, was the day he was charged in a double homicide in Kansas City, Kas., with two victims he never even knew. He eventually received two-consecutive life sentences for the murders.

On Friday, Oct. 13, after only one day of testimony, a Wyandott County special judge freed McIntyre from the courtroom and the Kansas Department of Correctionsafter testimony and overwhelming evidence supported his attorney’s claim of innocence.

McIntyre had always professed his innocence in the murders of Doniel Quinn and Donald Ewing. The men were shot and killed in broad daylight by a shotgun while sitting in their car on Hutchings Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

McIntyre was with his aunts and cousins in another part of town when the shooting occurred.

The victims’ families were strong supporters of Lamonte, and they have known since the time of trial that Lamonte is innocent. Many leaders and community members have joined Lamonte’s journey toward freedom since the case became public. Investigation revealed that an alleged corrupt police Detective Roger Golubski. and prosecutorial and judicial misconduct all contributed to Lamonte’s unjust conviction.

Will Owners Force NFL Players To Stand During National Anthem?; Why Marcus Peters Protests

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.

CALL Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, National Football League 32 white owners will meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the league’s policy concerning the singing and playing of the National Anthem before all NFL games.

Goodell issued a memo to all 32 teams that the league believes “that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” and that “the controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.”
His comments come after Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game in which Vice President Mike Pence walked out after the Anthem after previously being instructed to do so by President Donald Trump if any player kneeled down.
Current policy simply states that players, “should stand and place their helmets in their left hand.” Should is not mandatory language as outlined by the U.S. Supreme court because “should” is not mandatory language.

The narrative shifted from the issues of police shootings and officers not being held accountable, inequality and injustice brought to the forefront 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to patriotism after Trump stated that players who kneeled were “disrespecting our flag”, “our country” and “our veterans” and even stated during a rally in Alabama, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

Trump’s statement, marked as one of the most offensive statements ever made by a president, sparked a protest among players, coaches and even owners locked arms and kneeled before and some during the playing of the National Anthem.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who happens to be friends with Trump and gave the Trump’s inaugural fund, $1 million, in response to Trump saying, after he spoke to several owners, “I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful.” Jones has publicly declared that his team’s players are banned from protesting during the anthem.

After his team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 8, told the press that he believes all NFL players should stand for the anthem. All of the Cowboys were on their feet at Sunday’s game, and Jones suggested he was unaware that two players raised their fists toward the end.

“I don’t know about that. But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period.”

“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have,” Jones said.

“The league in my mind should absolutely take the rules we’ve got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag,” Jones said

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said prior to Sunday’s game that President Trump had “changed that whole paradigm” of what kneeling during the anthem means, so “I think it’s incumbent upon players today if that’s how the public is looking at it, is to stand and salute the flag.”

“Trump has made standing for the anthem about patriotism,” Ross added. “It’s so important if that’s what the country is looking at to look at it differently … It’s a different dialogue. Whenever you’re dealing with the flag, you’re dealing with something different,” Ross said.