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Soldier's widow shares her call with President Trump

Soldier's widow shares her call with President Trump”

The call on the video was placed on April 12th to Natasha De Alencar, widow of Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, four days after he was killed in Afghanistan during a fire-fight with ISIS fighters.

De Alencar described the call to the Post as a bright moment during a period of darkness.

De Alencar had to figure out funeral plans, navigate endless paperwork and provide emotional support for her family.

Surrounded by her children in the living room, De Alencar picked up the phone and turned on the speakerphone.

Trump opened by saying he was sorry about the "whole situation" and called Mark De Alencar "an unbelievable hero". After she waited on hold for 15 or so minutes, President Trump came on the line and spoke with the widow on speaker phone.

The phone call was released after White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly pushed back against Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson's criticism that Trump told a Gold Star widow "he knew what he signed up for". "What a awful thing ... he's an unbelievable hero and you know all the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was ...", Trump said. In total, the conversation lasted just under four minutes.

De Alencar said Trump had researched her husband and was familiar with the awards he had received.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The release of the call came as controversy continues over the contents of a call Trump made to the widow of Army Sgt.



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