US President Donald Trump told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that “he knew what he signed up for”, an opposition lawmaker has said.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson said she heard some of the “insensitive” remarks made by phone while she was in a car with Sgt La David Johnson’s family.
Mr Trump, she said, then added: “I guess it still hurt.”
A White House official said Mr Trump’s conversations with the families of fallen servicemen were private.
Sgt Johnson, 25, was among the four US soldiers killed on 4 October in an area where Islamist militants, including al-Qaeda fighters, operate.
His widow, Myeshia, is expecting the couple’s third child.
In an interview with CNN, Ms Wilson said Mr Trump’s call happened shortly before Sgt Johnson’s casket arrived in Miami.
Basically he said, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.'”
The Democrat congresswoman said she listened to part of the conversation on speaker phone.