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The kerfuffle over President Donald Trump’s call to the surviving spouse of one of our soldiers killed in Niger is unfortunate.

The intensely personal nature of these events is, thankfully, something most people are not familiar with. In years past the death of a member of the military in service to his or her country carried with it a reverence that was never violated. I know this, having been assigned escort detail shortly after my return from Vietnam. Burying that young pilot more than 45 years ago remains one of the great honors of my life, and I would never violate the sacred trust of those events.

Whether or not President Trump’s effort to console widow Myeshia Johnson was successful, or even well-stated, no one but Johnson had the right to reveal the contents of the message he communicated. Even if Johnson approved the disclosure by U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, I suspect Wilson will come to understand that in the next few days or weeks. Hopefully, the news media will too.

As for the president, even if there are reasons to complain about his performance in office, his phone call with Johnson is not one of them.

Mick Tronquet, Seattle