The president's morning tweet extended a almost week-long controversy over Trump's handling of the deaths of four service members in an ambush in Niger and was the latest volley in a White House effort to discredit Wilson, a friend of the family of one of the fallen soldiers.
"So the president evidently is lying, because what I said is true", she said.
The controversy over Trump's call with the widow of Sgt. La David Terrence Johnson, one of four U.S. Green Berets killed in Niger on October 4.
"President Trump, two days ago, said that he never said that".
The campaign was created by Myeshia Johnson. "He stood in front-I think he was maybe in the Roosevelt Room or the East Room-he was in the Cabinet Room and he told reporters he never said that", Tapper said.
Terkiya McGriff, who told the Miami Herald she was Johnson's sister on his father's side, said she had spoken to him on Facetime before he left for Niger.
Obama and George W. Bush - saddled with far more combat casualties than the roughly two dozen so far under Trump - did not call all those soldiers' families, either, but both did take steps to write, call or meet bereaved military families.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that his department is investigating the circumstances that led to the attack. Kelly, who joined the White House to restore internal order, has increasingly become a public figure himself, employed to project calm and reassurance in times of crisis.
Trump denied that he made the comment in a tweet Wednesday. "And I don't like to be dragged into something like that", Wilson said Friday on CNN's "New Day".
The White House on Friday told a journalist who asked about errors chief of staff John Kelly made Thursday that it would be "highly inappropriate" to "get into a debate with a four-star Marine general". The family member who raised Johnson called Wilson's account of the call "very accurate", and the White House has not refuted that Trump spoke those words. Wilson suggested that it was the White House, and not her, that was adding to a grieving family's anguish.
His delay in publicly discussing the men lost in Niger did not appear to be extraordinary, judging from past examples, but his politicisation of the matter is. In response, Kelly told him what General Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when Robert Kelly was killed.
Sgt. La David T. Johnson was killed in action by Islamic State-linked militants in Niger. He said he learned his tricks by going slow. In the call, which was put on speakerphone, Trump said "he knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens it hurts anyway", according to Wilson, a longtime family friend of the Johnsons and their Congressional representative.
Sanders said Obama did not call Kelly but it was not clear if some other form of contact was made.