White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said a Miami congresswoman acted in an "appalling" manner when she "politicized" the deaths of soldiers in the African nation of Niger.
American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan asked Sanders about Rep. Frederica Wilson's (D-Fla.) claim that President Trump's response to LaDavid Johnson's death was "the president's Benghazi."
Ryan said Wilson told her Trump forgot Johnson's name and referred to him as "your guy" when speaking with Johnson's widow, Myeshia.
"I think it is appalling what the congresswoman has done in the way she's politicized this issue and the way she's trying to make this about something it isn't," Sanders said of the Miami representative.
Sanders said Trump's "hardest job" is to offer condolences to families of fallen soldiers.
Earlier Wednesday, Wilson said Trump told Johnson's family that LaDavid "knew what he signed up for" when he joined Green Berets for a mission to a region rife with Islamic extremist groups.
Trump responded that Wilson misquoted him, and dared her to "make the statement again."
Wilson said Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, backed up her claims, while the White House said several top aides including Gen. John Kelly could confirm Trump's account.