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Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson. Photo: WPLG via AP

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in action in Niger, told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that President Trump "couldn't remember [her] husband's name" during a phone call meant to thank her for her husband's sacrifice. She also confirmed Rep. Frederica Wilson's report that the phone call made her cry, saying "whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated."

Trump's response on Twitter: "I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!"

More details about the raid: Johnson confirmed that she was told on October 4 that her husband was missing — after he was reportedly left behind on the battlefield— and his status was changed from missing to killed in action "a couple days later." She was not allowed to see her husband's body, telling ABC News that she "[doesn't] know what's in that box."

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

Putin takes a call in 2017. Photo: Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty

President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies.

The state of play: Biden also raised arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to a White House readout. The statement said Biden and Putin agreed maintain "consistent communication," and that Biden stressed the U.S. would "act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies."

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.

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