Soldier's widow releases recording of family's call with Trump

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Soldier's widow releases recording of family's call with Trump

La David Johnson, who had been killed by ISIS fighters in Niger.

President Trump was on the line. "What a disgusting thing, except that he's an unbelievable hero", Trump told her in the call about her husband Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, which The Washington Post released. He was a member of the 7th Special Forces Group.

The family spoke out amidst controversy over Trump's handling of the calls to Gold Star families.

The grieving widow was surrounded by her children, so she put the call on speakerphone.

And now she was about to speak to the president.

Trump opened by saying he was sorry about the "whole situation" and called Mark De Alencar "an unbelievable hero".

By the end of the call, President Trump invited the widow to visit the White House and meet him if she was ever in Washington DC calling Natasha and her family, "just the kind of family that we want".

De Alencar told Trump that her son had received a scholarship, and Trump asked whether it was an academic or sports scholarship.

In speaking to the Washington Post, Natasha De Alencar's interaction with President Trump was "a moment of niceness that we needed because we were going through hell".

The conversation then shifted to De Alencar's four other children. What a awful thing. he's an unbelievable hero and you know all the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was.

Trump has called that account "a total lie".

According to the Post, De Alencar is one of 13 Gold Star families contacted as part of a larger story about the President's relationships with Gold Star families.

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