Rep. Frederica Wilson’s office claims it has received several threatening phone calls directed at the congresswoman at her D.C. office, CBS News reports.
Members of Wilson’s staff told CBS Miami the threatening calls were related to her comments on President Trump’s phone call to the wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger.
Wilson’s staff says they alerted alerted Capital Police, Miami Garden Police and the threat division of the U.S. House of Representatives, and that the congresswoman is safe and being protected.
Wilson made headlines on Wednesday after she claimed President Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, said “Well, I guess he knew what he was getting into.”
Mr. Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have refuted Wilson’s characterization of the phone call. Sanders told reporters that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was in the room with Trump when he made the phone and that he thought Trump’s phone call was respectful.
Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to deny Wilson’s characterization of his phone call:
In an interview on CNN, Rep. Wilson stood by her claim about the president’s phone call:
“I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He is cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone. And when she actually hung up the phone she looked at me and said ‘he didn’t even know his name.’”
The military says Johnson’s Special Forces unit was assisting and advising Nigerians on fighting terror groups. Johnson’s unit and Nigerian forces were on a joint patrol when they were ambushed by 40-50 miltitants believed to be linked to the Islamic State.