Local Gold Star father, who lost son, upset by uproar over Trump's call to Army widow
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - A Gold Star family from Ocean Shores is upset over the uproar caused by President Trump's call to a Gold Star widow.
The Davis family believes there are more important issues to focus on such as North Korea, the economy and health care.
Trump is accused of telling widow Myeshia Johnson during a phone call that her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, "knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway," after he was killed in an ambush in Niger.
"I think it's an insult to America," said Mike Davis, reacting to the controversy. "It's an insult to American military."
Davis is the father of Air Force Staff Sergeant Tim Davis, who was killed when a roadside bomb exploded on their convoy in Afghanistan February 20, 2009.
President Trump also came under fire last week when he suggested his predecessors fell short when it came to honoring fallen military members and their families.
"We did receive a letter from President Obama and he did mention his wife. It was personal and I appreciated it," said Davis.
But Davis said it was unexpected and he certainly didn't expect a phone call.
He said the criticism of President Trump is unwarranted and harmful. He said believes President Trump is awkward, but not the person he's being portrayed.
"He is, I believe, trying to do the best that he can as president, but I don't believe he knows how to get his words across," Davis said.
Davis said he rarely speaks out about his being a Gold Star parent, but seeing the dispute over the call following the death of Sgt. La David Johnson made him want to end his silence.
He said he fears a fellow Gold Star family is being used for political purposes.
"I'm not saying she is," said Davis, "But I feel like she might be. And this needs to stop on the TV with her. I just feel that very strongly it's wrong."
The Davis family said it is eager to get the focus off of the President and back onto the military members who gave their lives for their country.
SSG Davis was born and raised in Montesano and left behind wife Meagan and son Timmy, Jr. in Spokane.