Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks criticized President Trump for his handling of a phone call to the widow of a fallen U.S. soldier, calling it “one of the biggest cock-ups on the planet Earth.”
“I’m only knowing what I read in the newspapers and what have you, and it just seems like it’s one of the biggest cock-ups on the planet Earth, if you ask me,” Hanks said in an interview with CNN. “This is a tragedy of the utmost consequence and it goes much longer beyond who’s going to come out on top of the news story. I think it’s very sad.”
Hanks, who received the National Archives Foundation’s “Records of Achievement Award” this weekend, urged the importance of understanding and learning from history, especially for those troubled by the current state of affairs.
“People are upset about what’s going on today. They’re furious, they’re frustrated, they’re worked up,” Hanks told CNN. “If you’re concerned about what’s going on today, read history and figure out what to do because it’s all right there.”
Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) have been locked in a war of words over his condolence call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was one of four soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month.
Rep.Wilson (D-Fla.), a family friend who was in a car with Johnson’s widow when Trump called, said the president told her that her late husband “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway.”
The family later confirmed her description of the call.
Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to call the congresswoman “wacky” and said she “is killing the Democratic Party.”
On Sunday, Trump continued his feud, saying she is “the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party.”
“Wacky Congresswoman Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems. You watch her in action & vote R!” he tweeted.