Fox News host mentions non-existent Trump condolence transcript

There is no transcript of the controversial condolence call President Trump made to the family of a slain soldier — despite a reference to one in an interview with Trump’s daughter-in-law on Friday.

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt asked Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, about the President’s words during an interview on "Fox & Friends."

Trump publicly denied telling the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson that he “knew what he signed up for,” which his chief of staff John Kelly later contradicted.

“You read the transcript. What were your thoughts?” Earhardt asked Lara Trump Friday morning.

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Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of US President Donald Trump, speaks during a Make America Great Again Rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia, August 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Eric Trump the EVP of the Trump Organisation ( l) with his wife Lara to his side listen to a speech in the Grand Ballroom during the official opening of the King Robert the Bruce Course at Trump Turnberry Scotland on June 28, 2017 in Turnberry, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (top C), his wife Ivanka Trump (R), Eric Trump (C), his wife Lara Trump (bottom C) and others leave after US President Donald Trump addressed the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly September 19, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump, arrives at Trump Tower, August 16, 2017 in New York City. Lara Trump has recently been hosting a video report on President Trump's Facebook page touting the accomplishments of the administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: (L to R) Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Lara Trump and Eric Trump listen as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in New York City. Among the issues facing the assembly this year are North Korea's nuclear developement, violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar and the debate over climate change. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
TURNER, ME - OCTOBER 6: Lara Trump holds Laurie Steele's dog, Nacho, at Ricker Hill Apple Orchard. (Photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: (L-R) Ivanka Trump, wife of Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska, and Tiffany Trump attend the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 16: Lara Yunaska and her husband Eric Trump walk on the 18th green to attend the trophy ceremony for the U.S. Women's Open on July 16, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump, walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump is scheduled to have a meeting on infrastructure issues and deliver a statement to the press following the meeting. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Eric Trump, son of U.S. President Donald Trump and executive vice president of Trump Organization Inc., and his wife Lara Yunaska Trump, pose for photographs during the grand opening of The King Robert The Bruce Golf Course at Trump Turnberry golf resort, owned by The Trump Organisation Inc., in Turnberry, U.K., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. On Jan. 11, then-President Elect Donald Trump said he would turn leadership of The Trump Organisation Inc. over to his sons while retaining his ownership stake. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 3: Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, and his wife, Lara Trump walk on the South Lawn to Marine One as they head to Huntington, W.Va. from the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, Aug 03, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Eric Trump and his wife Lara Yunaska follow US President Donald Trump to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported on August 3 -- an important step toward potential criminal charges. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Eric Trump and his wife Lara attend the opening Trump Turnberry's new golf course the King Robert The Bruce course on June 28, 2017 in Turnberry, Scotland. Formerly the Kintyre Course, it has been redesigned and upgraded and forms the second course to the acclaimed championship Ailsa course. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Eric Trump and his wife Lara attend the opening Trump Turnberry's new golf course the King Robert The Bruce course on June 28, 2017 in Turnberry, Scotland. Formerly the Kintyre Course, it has been redesigned and upgraded and forms the second course to the acclaimed championship Ailsa course. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JUNE 28: Eric Trump and his wife Lara attend the opening Trump Turnberry's new golf course the King Robert The Bruce course on June 28, 2017 in Turnberry, Scotland. Formerly the Kintyre Course, it has been redesigned and upgraded and forms the second course to the acclaimed championship Ailsa course. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Lara Yunaska Trump is seen at the Trump Tower in New York City - January 17, 2017 on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: Lara Yunaska Trump arrives at Trump Tower, January 12, 2017 in New York City. Trump and his transition team are continuing the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Lara Yunaska, Eric Trump's wife arrives in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, on January 10, 2017. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Lara Yunaska Trump, Eric Trump's wife, is seen exiting Trump Tower on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/GC Images)
SCRANTON, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Eric Trump (R), son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his wife Lara Yunaska use their iPhones during a campaign rally in the Lakawanna College Student Union November 7, 2016 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With less than 24 hours until Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
TURNER, ME - OCTOBER 6: Eric and Lara Trump pet Laurie Steele's dog, Nacho, at Ricker Hill Apple Orchard. (Photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus (left), real estate developer and presidential candidate Donald Trump (center) and his running mate, Indiana Governor and vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence (fore right), along with their families, stage on stage during the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016. Pictured are Reince Priebus, his wife Sally Priebus (nee Sherrow), their children Grace and Jack Priebus, Melania and Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania's mother Amalija Knavs (obscured), Tiffany Trump, Mike Pence, and Lara Trump. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 15: Lara Yunaska and her husband Eric Trump head into U.S. President Donald Trump's suite during the U.S. Women's Open round three on July 15, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Donald Trump, Eric Trump and Lara Yunaska attend the New York Observer's 2013 Young Philanthropy event at PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on April 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: (L to R) Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Lara Trump and Eric Trump listen as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in New York City. Among the issues facing the assembly this year are North Korea's nuclear developement, violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar and the debate over climate change. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 16: Lara Yunaska and her husband Eric Trump walk on the 18th green to attend the trophy ceremony for the U.S. Women's Open on July 16, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Lara Trump replied that having “read exactly what he said” she was under the impression that the media distorted her father-in-law’s words.

“He said, ‘Your husband went into battle, you know, knowing that he could be injured, knowing that he could be killed, and he still did it because he loved this country, and he did it for the American people,’” Lara Trump said.

“I can’t think of a better way, quite frankly, to express my gratitude to someone than by saying something like that.”

There is no transcript of the call, a White House official told the Daily News.

Trump has faced a volley of criticism after Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), a longtime family friend of the Johnsons, said Trump was disrespectful with Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, when he called her on Tuesday.

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A combination photo of U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (L to R), U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black, U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright and U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson killed in Niger, West Africa on October 4, 2017, in these handout photos released October 18, 2017. Courtesy U.S. Army Special Operations Command/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Georgia, at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, U.S. on October 5, 2017. Courtesy Aaron J. Jenne/U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was among four special forces soldiers killed in Niger, West Africa on October 4, 2017, poses in a handout photo released October 18, 2017. Courtesy U.S. Army Special Operations Command/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

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Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio

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Johnson was one of four Americans killed two weeks ago during an ambush in Niger.

The President denied Wilson’s claims, calling them “fabricated.”

White House chief of staff John Kelly, a former Marine general, defended his boss.

Kelly, whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan, claimed Thursday that he instructed the President on what to say on the call.

“In his way (he)tried to express that opinion — he’s a brave man, a fallen hero, he knew what he was getting himself in to because he enlisted,” the four-star general said. “He was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. “That was the message. That was the message that was transmitted,” he added.

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