U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida says she heard President Trump make an "insensitive" comment to the widow of a U.S. soldier who was killed in Niger earlier this month.
"He said to the wife, 'Well, I guess he knew what he was getting into,'" Wilson said.
They were in a car heading to Miami International Airport to meet Johnson's body, and Wilson says the call was on speaker phone.
When asked if she was sure the president made those remarks, Wilson confirmed she was.
But in a tweet early Wednesday, Trump said Wilson "totally fabricated" what he said to Johnson's widow and that he has proof.
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
Johnson was one of four U.S. service members killed in an ambush in Niger Oct. 4. A group affiliated with ISIS was reportedly behind the attack.
Johnson's widow set up a GoFundMe page to help cover education costs for the couple's three children. As of early Wednesday, donations to the campaign exceeded $200,000.
I stand my account of the call with @realDonaldTrump and was not the only one who heard and was dismayed by his insensitive remarks.— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) October 18, 2017