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Trump denies telling Army widow 'he knew what he signed up for'

President Trump flatly denied a Florida congresswoman’s claim he was sarcastic with the widow of an Army sergeant killed in Niger.

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” the commander-in-chief tweeted Wednesday morning.

The tweet came minutes after Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss his phone call with the widow of Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, who was killed in Niger on Oct. 3.

Trump said the congresswoman's claims about the phone call were "fabricated."

Trump said the congresswoman’s claims about the phone call were “fabricated.”

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Trump called Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, Tuesday — and Wilson claimed Trump told her “he knew what he signed up for…but when it happens it hurts anyway.”

Trump makes insensitive remark in call with soldier’s widow

What’s worse, Wilson added, Trump forgot Johnson’s name during the call.

Sgt. LaDavid Johnson was killed in Niger on Oct. 3. Rep. Frederica Wilson claimed Trump told the fallen soldier's widow that "he knew what he signed up for."

Sgt. LaDavid Johnson was killed in Niger on Oct. 3. Rep. Frederica Wilson claimed Trump told the fallen soldier’s widow that “he knew what he signed up for.”

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“She was in tears,” Wilson, who represents parts of northern Miami, told the show. “She was in tears and she said he didn’t even remember his name!”

Wilson later told CNN she wasn’t sure what proof Trump might have — as stated in his tweets.

Wilson, a Democrat, accused Trump of forgetting Johnson's name at one point.

Wilson, a Democrat, accused Trump of forgetting Johnson’s name at one point.

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“I’m not the only person that was in the car,” Wilson told the network. “This man is a sick man.”

Trump says soldier killed in Niger ‘knew what he signed up for’

The lawmaker, who said she knew Johnson since he was a child, added she wanted to hop on the phone and yell at the commander-in-chief.

The body of Sgt. La David Johnson arrives at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

The body of Sgt. La David Johnson arrives at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

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“You know what, I think I was going to curse him out,” Wilson said.

The call came as Johnson’s family was en route to Miami International Airport, where his body arrived in a flag-draped casket.

The flare up comes as Trump faced criticism he didn’t reach out to the soldiers’ families soon enough.

Department of Defense launches investigation into Niger attack

Instead, Trump pointed to the death of Marine Lt. Robert Kelly, son of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who died while fighting in Afghanistan in 2010.

Trump, speaking Tuesday with Fox News Radio, suggested that President Obama hadn’t called Kelly, then a Marine general.  

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