Widow of first soldier slain under Trump releases phone call
The widow of a fallen soldier killed in Afghanistan released a recording of her phone conversation with President Trump — and praised him for his kind words.
Natasha De Alencar received the call in April when her husband, Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, became the first U.S. combat death in Afghanistan in 2017.
She turned on the speakerphone, waiting on hold for 15 minutes with her children nearby when Trump’s voice came through the line.
“I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a horrible thing, except that he’s an unbelievable hero,” Trump says in the recording of the call, shot by one of the couple’s four children.
He later invites her to the White House.
“If you’re around Washington, you come over and see me in the Oval Office,” he said.
Sgt. De Alencar, 37, a Special Forces soldier, was shot and killed during a firefight involving ISIS militants.
The call came less than 24 hours after De Alencar watched her husband’s body return from Afghanistan to Dover Air Force Base.
“It made me feel good, knowing what my husband had done for his country,” that Trump took the time to call, she said. “My husband was awesome. My world sucks without him.”
Trump has come under fire for telling the widow of a slain Army sergeant that he knew "what he signed up for."
The President made the disrespectful-sounding comment to the grief-stricken widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four Americans killed in Niger two weeks ago.
Trump claimed on Monday that he has “called every family of somebody that’s died,” something he said his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to do.
White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general advised Trump against calling families of soldiers killed in action “because it’s not the phone call that parents, family members are looking forward to.”