Trump: ‘You’ve got to be very careful with your language’
Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s never spoken to the family of the fallen soldier who was killed in Iraq and is a hero to many in the military.
“I don’t know his name, but he’s a hero,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Greenville, South Carolina.
“And he was very brave.
And I hope that he’ll be able to live out his life.
I hope he’ll come back with a great legacy, but I don’t want to be talking about that.”
Trump has long praised Sgt. La David Johnson, who died in a firefight with militants near Fallujah in October, calling him “a great soldier.”
The president said Johnson was “very, very, very brave” and a “tremendous hero.”
Trump also told supporters in Greenvilles, North Carolina, that “the great hero that’s been killed in my country, in our country, is the one who didn’t want a war.”
Johnson’s parents, Fred and Cindy Johnson, said in a statement Wednesday that they are “heartbroken by the senseless loss of their son.”
“Our son was a true American hero, and his service was never in doubt,” the statement said.
“We are so grateful to have had him as a brother, son, husband, father, friend, and a soldier in uniform.”
Trump, who has criticized military veterans in the past, also said Wednesday that he’s “saddened” by the loss of “the finest” and “the most decorated” soldier in U.S. history.
“The country is hurting.
It’s hurting badly, it’s hurt, but the great heroes are doing their very best,” Trump told reporters.
“They’re doing the very best.
I want to thank the military, I want the veterans, but it’s very sad.
I just don’t feel that way.
I think we’re a great country.
It was a tremendous organization. “
I’ll tell you what, I’m very proud of our military, it was a great organization.
It was a tremendous organization.
I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for the military.”
Trump said the military has been “very tough” on immigrants and Muslims and has “been very tough on other groups that aren’t as loyal to the United States.”