Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson has ‘nothing to say’ to Trump after controversial condolence call

Trump disputed her account, characterizing his conversation with Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow as “very respectful.”

Tillerson makes unannounced side trip to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan.

Tillerson visited Bagram Air Base for talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other senior officials to outline for them the Trump administration’s new South Asia policy. He also underscored the ongoing U.S. commitment to stabilizing the war-ravaged country but stressed it is "conditions based," meaning that the government must meet certain benchmarks.

Cloaked in secrecy and under heavy security, Tillerson slipped out of the Qatari capital of Doha in the pre-dawn hours and flew a military plane into Afghanistan on Monday on the third leg of a trip that started in Saudi Arabia. Tillerson will visit Pakistan on Tuesday and India on Wednesday.

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Obama’s army enlists in redistricting fight

Organizing for Action, the progressive group born out of Barack Obama’s old campaign apparatus, is joining the redistricting effort that Obama has made a central cause of his post-presidency.

On Monday, OFA will officially launch a partnership with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder.

OFA officially runs independently from Obama, but for this announcement, the former president is making it himself.

“OFA volunteers and supporters will provide the grassroots organizing capacity and mobilization that we’ll need to win state-level elections and move other initiatives forward ahead of the 2021 redistricting process, making sure that states are in the best position possible to draw fair maps,” Obama writes in an email set to go out to the OFA’s list that he’ll call "Our Next Fight."

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Trump disputes widow’s assertion that he couldn’t remember slain soldier’s name

President Donald Trump on Monday denied that he had trouble recalling the name of Army Sgt. La David Johnson during a phone call with the slain soldier’s widow, disputing her assertion that he had struggled to remember the sergeant’s name during a condolence conversation.

“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning.

An hour earlier, Myeshia Johnson, the widow of La David Johnson, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that her conversation with the president last week had left her “very, very upset and hurt” and that he had “made me cry even worse.” Most offensive, the widow said, was that Trump seemed to have a hard time producing La David Johnson’s name.

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Myeshia Johnson ‘very upset and hurt’ by Trump’s heartless phone call—Trump calls her a liar

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sargent La David Johnson who was killed in Niger, tells ABC News that she didn’t reply to Donald Trump’s sympathy-free phone call.

Stephanopoulos: What did you say to the president?

Johnson: I didn’t say anything. I just listened.

Stephanopoulos: But you were upset when you got off the phone.

Johnson: Oh, very upset and hurt. Very. It made me cry even worse.

It wasn’t until Trump claimed to have already talked to all the families of the fallen that his regime even put in the effort to learn these people’s names.

The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate — but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy.

Is health insurance cheap if it doesn’t pay your bills? Under Trump, a lot more people will find out

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Thanks to Donald Trump, a lot more Americans will get to explore the question of whether cheap health coverage is really cheap if it doesn’t pay your medical bills. Trump’s recent healthcare executive order includes a push toward association health plans, which in theory allow small businesses to band together to provide cheaper insurance, but in practice have allowed fraud and mismanagement.

Robert Loiseau, who represented fraud victims in Texas, recalled their shock when they tried to receive care. “People bought insurance coverage because it was cheap and seemed to provide them with coverage they needed,” he said. “It had a veneer of legitimacy. But when they went to the doctor, they found out all of a sudden that their insurance company, their perceived insurance company, was in receivership and that they had no coverage.”

The Labor Department filed suit last year against a Florida woman and her company to recover

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Trump: ‘No leadership in NFL’

President Donald Trump continued his criticism of the NFL on Monday morning, saying there is "no leadership" in the league as some players continue to take a knee during the national anthem.

"Two dozen NFL players continue to kneel during the National Anthem showing total disrespect to our Flag & Country. No leadership in NFL!" Trump tweeted.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that players "should" stand for the anthem. However, last week, after a meeting with team owners in New York City, he said that players would not be penalized for kneeling during the anthem.

Some players have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

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