Trump calls fallen US veterans ‘losers,’ ‘suckers’: report
President Donald Trump allegedly referred to fallen US veterans as 'losers' and 'suckers.'
President Donald Trump is combatting claims that he referred to fallen US veterans with unfavorable language.
According to The Atlantic, POTUS denied a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 because he regarded the dead World War I veterans as “suckers” and “losers.” Initially, he claimed bad weather prohibited the trip however the news outlet finds other explanations.
The official website details the Aisne-Marne as an over 40-acre memorial site. About 60-miles outside of Paris, the cemetery contains the graves of 2,289 war dead Americans and honors 1060 missing after fighting in Marne Valley in the summer of 1918 during World War I.
Citing four unnamed senior staffers, the outlet reports Trump had different reasoning for skipping the occasion. The commander in chief was reportedly worried about his hair being ruined by the rain, and showed disregard to the buried at the gravesite.
“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” the president allegedly remarked according to The Atlantic.
The report continues, claiming he also named the fallen Marines “suckers” for getting killed.
On the same trip, Trump reportedly questioned “Who were the good guys in this war?” saying he did not understand the U.S. decision to fight with the Allies.
Trump has a history of taking swipes at those who have served. He has denigrated the late Sen. John McCain and criticized the Muslim family of Capt. Humayun Khan who died while serving in Iraq.
He also allegedly told the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson that “knew what he signed up for,” after his death in Niger.
The president denied making the statements on Thursday evening. According to the New York Times, during a press conference. Returning from a campaign trip, Trump acknowledged the comments, calling whoever issued the story as liars.
“If people really exist that would have said that, they’re lowlifes and they’re liars,” he said according to NYT.
The president continues, “and I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more.”
Former vice president and current democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a response, saying the statements, if true, prove his competitor unworthy of sitting in the Oval Office.
“If what is written in The Atlantic is true, it’s disgusting,” Biden said in a speech, according to the Times. “It affirms what most of us believe to be true: that Donald Trump is not fit to be commander in chief.”
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