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Frederica Wilson Hammers Donald Trump on Soldiers Killed in Niger After Omarosa Tape Goes Public

September 12, 2018 - 6:00am
Frederica Wilson and Donald Trump
Frederica Wilson and Donald Trump

This week, a Florida congresswoman came out swinging at President Donald Trump’s comments about terrorism and the death of a soldier from Florida in the line of duty. 

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who appeared on Trump’s “The Apprentice” reality show back in 2004, released an audio recording of the president talking to staff after a terrorist attack in Niger left four American soldiers dead. 

“What happens is now they flee and they flee to Africa. And they flee to Niger and countries around there,” Trump said in the recording which was first aired by MSNBC. “And that’s how these young people get attacked. And they got attacked by 50 real fighters,” Trump said about the 12 Army special operations soldiers who were ambushed by 50 militants.

“So it’s a rough business. I wouldn’t — I don’t think I’d want to be a terrorist right now,” Trump said as his staff laughed. “It’s not a good life.”

“The reason they’re there is because we forced them out, and it’s not nearly as many, it’s not nearly as intense, but it’s pretty intense, you see that happening. So that’s that,” Trump added. 

This drew fire from U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who clashed with Trump on the matter last year. 

“I wish I could say that I’m surprised by President Trump’s attempt to make light of a tragic event that led to the deaths of four American heroes, but I am not,” Wilson said on Monday. “It is appalling, but this is the same man, after all, who told the widow of my constituent, Sgt. La David Johnson, during his so-called condolence call that her husband knew what he was signing up for. The recording is yet another example of how unfit Mr. Trump is to serve as our nation’s commander-in-chief and how he cannot resist any opportunity to massage his insatiable ego by taking false credit. Unlike the four men who lost their lives much too soon, hero is a word that will never be used to describe him.

“Sgt. Johnson’s family is still waiting for answers about how La David got separated from his unit during the deadly ambush in Niger. I am more determined than ever to push for an investigation into what happened and will not stop until all of our questions have been answered,” Wilson added. 

Last October, Wilson appeared on CNN and weighed in on the deaths of four soldiers--including  Johnson--in Niger earlier that month. Wilson said to CNN that Trump told Johnson's widow that the soldier “knew what he signed up for."

"Basically he said, 'Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt,' " Wilson said, insisting she heard part of the conversation over a speaker phone with the family. "That's what he said." 

Trump fired back on Twitter after Wilson appeared on CNN. 

"Democrat congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof),” Trump posted. “Sad!" 

Wilson also drew the fire of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan back in 2010. 

A longtime state legislator who was first elected to Congress in 2010, Wilson has been a leading voice on Capitol Hill on expanding the war on terror into Africa. 

Back in December 2016, the House advanced Wilson’s measure to take on Boko Haram. 

Wilson sponsored a measure mandating the State and Defense departments hammer our a five-year plan to aid the Nigerian government and other international partners battling Boko Haram which is responsible for 20,000 deaths and for creating a refugee crisis in Nigeria. 

In recent years, Wilson has been one of the more vocal critics of Boko Haram and a high profile supporter of bringing attention to that terrorist group’s kidnapping of girls and young women.  Wilson returned to that theme when her bill was passed at the end of 2016. 

“Boko Haram captured my attention and the headlines when the terrorist group kidnapped 276 Nigerian schoolgirls from their dormitory rooms 968 days ago,” Wilson said. “For most of the world, the Chibok girls symbolize the horror that is Boko Haram, but the damage its members have wrought goes far deeper."

In the meantime, Wilson has nothing to fear as she looks ahead to November. Last month, she crushed Ricardo de la Fuente in the Democratic primary, pulling 84 percent of the vote and beating her opponent by more than 50,000 votes. That win assured her a fifth term in Congress as she faces no opposition in the general election. 


Yahoo!... It's the "Brokeback Mountain Cowgirl" with the color-cordinated, glitzy cowboy hats that once publically said, "The Tea Party, is the REAL enemy." (The problem with Congress today,.. is that the Democrats have "..sent in the Clowns..")

As a life-long Democrat I have one thing to say..... please just STFU Wilson, and stop with the offensive cultural appropriation with the western hats.

So... Wilson thinks we (America) should "Get into Every Fight and the WORLD"? That's a U.N. job, not ours. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO ~P~R~O~T~E~C~T~ ALL of the Planet!

Trump is the biggest jerk I've ever come across - and I first came across him way back in 1978! 40 years of jerk experience with the idiot! Keep up the good work, Ms. Wilson.

Well quit jerking him then. Your wrist must be sore after 40 years. Jeez!

Hardly a Trumpster here, but nothing he said here was untrue or unseemly. Thats exactly whats going on over there. This is nothing. Note to Democrats - stop trotting out these clowns to attack Trump.

65 million people voted for Clinton; 63 million voted for Trump. It's now time for every single one of those 65 million people that didn't vote for Trump to begin "attacking" him! The sooner he's gone, the better!

"Cruise on..."Kruze"

Wilson a leading voice in the war on terror in Africa? Really? Given, she has been vocal and introduced a piece or maybe two of legislation but to consider her a "leading voice" seems a bit of a stretch, imo. MANPADS didn't get funneled to just Syria. She was silent on MANPADS flowing south out of Libya back in 2012. She was silent about the Westgate Mall Massacre, choosing to devote her words and energy to unaffordable Affordable Care legislation at the time. She was silent about their carnage, their bombings, their mass murder right up until the school kidnapping. She was silent when the Republican sponsored Boko Haram Terrorist Designation Act of 2012 bill was shot down in Harry Reid's Democrat-controlled Senate. A leader she is definitely NOT!!!

Thank God someone is capable of calling out Trump and in this case both are women. What happened to basic ethical and moral values? There are times I swear I’m having a nightmare hoping to wake to find that I’m dreaming. I am so disappointed. Trump has exhibited and set new low standards for our country. I wish more people were also as brave as Senator Wilson and Omarosa.

What happened to 'thinking, intelligent' women? ......All marching in the "Me Too Parade"??

Absolutely! On the mark!

While I am hardly a supporter of Wilson, her comments ring true in this case...

I never heard of her until President Trump won the election. The first time i saw her I thought the circus was in town.

You should get out more. Ms. Wilson has been a staple in South Florida politics for over 30 years. That's why she won her primary with 84% of the vote. She isn't a reality TV personality pretending to be something she is not. She has done more for her community at every level of government than just about any elected official has in the past 20 years. Let's not let politics allow us to disrespect the real work some have done for the betterment of others. You supporting your guy doesn't require the attack on someone else.

His latent racism is showing through!

Leftist American hating desperate Democrats got nothing on Trump. Never will have anything on Trump. They know it. This is nothing but some sort of twisted trickey-trick attempt to make a race baiting move against Trump by Florida congresswoman The Honorable Frederica Wilson in a desperate attempt to goad Trump into saying or doing something race baiters can "catch" him for and somehow falsely discredit Trump. Trump's too smart to fall into your do-do trap so I will say it for him: Sit down and shut up lady.

We're W-A-Y past the "race-baiting" stage with Trump, dude! Whether he's truly a racist or not on the personal level might be debatable among some, but, all along, he's clearly been using race to appeal to the racist nature of his so-called 'base' and it's been working "like a finely-tuned machine"! Looks like you're part of that base base of his!

Nobody has to trick Trump into saying something racist he does that everyday on his own. Nor do we have to goat him into anything his tweets prove that. We should take military direction from a man who dodged service with his daddy's money? A man who didn't even know which department oversees our nuclear arsenal? Look here racism for me ain't the issue. I don't care what he thinks of me or my race. Doesn't change a thing for me. I know who I am. I am a concerned American citizen that doesn't want to see one American soldier get killed because of our incompetent Commander in Chief.

...NO,...Our "incompetent Commander in Chief left the White House with Michelle....."good riddance !"

I would hardly call 5 inner circle indictments as nothing... This has nothing to do with political parties dumbo. This has to do with what is right and just for America fool. By the way, you're dead and it shows...

You 3 blind mice are way beyond insanity. What you loons are aflicted with is TDS [ Trump Deraingement Syndrom]. Go to your doctors and get on some meds or medical weed " for the really sick amoung us ". Go now boys and girls before I have you Baker Acted. I will pray for you.

pray for yourself dumbass. I pray you move back to where you came from...probably NY with Trump...

Trying to annoy someone else now,"Cow fart"?

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