What happened at the White House press briefing - Oct. 20, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Washington.

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Last Updated Oct 20, 2017 3:03 PM EDT

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said it was unfortunate if President Trump's call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson was misinterpreted, but did not say the president would call again.

The woman who raised Sgt. La David Johnson described Mr. Trump's call to Myeshia Johnson "disrespectful," adding to the controversy this week over the president's calls to Gold Star families. If the "spirit" of Mr. Trump's call was misunderstood, "that's very unfortunate," Sanders told reporters in the White House briefing room. Sanders described the president's comments as, "very sympathetic, very respectful."

Sanders did not say whether Mr. Trump authorized the mission that led to the deaths of four soldiers, including Johnson, in Niger. The Department of Defense and FBI are looking into how their deaths occurred. Sanders said "we won't rest until we get some answers."


How to watch today's White House press briefing live:

  • Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Time: Scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Who: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary

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