President Trump promised to personally donate $25,000 to the father of a fallen soldier and create an online fundraiser for the soldier's family, only to never follow through, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The Democrat congresswoman said she listened to part of the conversation on speaker phone.
The US President has called the wife of soldier David Johnson, Myeshia, to honour her loss. Wilson, who knew Johnson, said the president told Myeshia Johnson that her husband "must have known what he signed up for".
Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that she was in the auto during the call from the White House and that "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband".
David Johnson was one of four American military personnel killed almost two weeks ago whose families had not heard from Trump until Tuesday.
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At a press spray Wednesday morning, the president folded his arms like a petulant four-year-old when reporters questioned him about the he-said/she-said.
"A lot of them didn't make calls", Mr Trump had said. Footage of the flag-draped casket with Johnson's remains arriving at Miami International Airport - and his widow's emotional reaction - has been playing on a loop on television news since Tuesday.
A current White House official told NBC News on Tuesday that Obama did not call Kelly after the death of his son. To make matters even worse, the president accused a congresswoman of lying about a reportedly crass phone call he made to the widow of one of the four Green Berets killed in Niger - even though the soldier's mother confirmed the account. "It's very regrettable that the president chose to throw him into the argument". Neither has yet happened, Baldridge told The Post. "It really in a very real way not only hurts I think both John Kelly and his family, but it demeans the presidency".
Johnson's widow was "balled up" in the auto, distraught after learning she would not be able to see her husband in an open casket, Wilson said. What's different is that Trump, alone among them, has suggested he's done a better job of honoring the war dead and their families.
Sanders said Obama did not call Kelly but it was not clear if some other form of contact was made. "You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?"
"I wish he hadn't talked about Kelly's son", said a source close to the administration who noted that the whole goal of Monday's press conference was to present Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a unified front.