Montel Williams is siding with the family of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson in the back-and-forth between his family and the White House.
“If I said something to you right now and I really believe it in my heart, and you call my mother later and said I offended you, and I think back on what I said, and I don’t get it,” Williams, a veteran, begins telling TMZ Wednesday, Oct. 25. “But if I offended you, I don’t have the right to tell you how to feel. You have the right to be offended. And if you are offended, as a man, I should step up to the plate and apologize.”
White House Cheif of Staff General John Kelly indicated last week that he advised President Donald Trump on his condolences to Myesha Johnson, the widow of Sgt. Johnson.
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“He knew what he was getting into,” Johnson recalled Trump telling her during a phone call. Johnson said his statement “made me cry” out of anger over his tone. The president has denied he used those words.
“The tape shows that Gen. Kelly had a misconception,” Williams says to TMZ. “I’m not gonna call him a straight up liar. Let’s just say that he was off, didn’t remember facts the right way. Be a man and call that woman and apologize. And the president should do the same thing.”
“Just say, ‘It was a misconception, we honor your husband’s service,” the TV personality says. “‘We thank you for your service as a wife, we thank your children for their service and we thank your unborn child for her service because she’s going to have to live the rest of her life knowing her father died in this controversy defending us.'”