Fox News reported Trump 'never said' that dead US troops were 'suckers,' but the network's national security correspondent said ex-officials confirmed he did
Summary List PlacementFox News spent a chunk of its Friday coverage dismissing a report in The Atlantic saying President Donald Trump belittled fallen military members by calling them "suckers" and "losers." Then Jennifer Griffin, a national security correspondent for the network, said in a lengthy Twitter thread that former Trump administration officials confirmed the president's remarks to her. The Atlantic article cited anonymous sources — which Fox News said suggested the article had been falsified — but two former senior Trump administration officials verified the president's disparaging comments to Griffin, she said. "According to one former senior Trump administration official: 'When the President spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, 'It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker,'" Griffin tweeted. This source also described "a character flaw" of the president, saying, "He could not understand why someone would die for their country," Griffin added.
Two former sr Trump admin officials confirm .@JeffreyGoldberg reporting that President Trump disparaged veterans and did not want to drive to honor American war dead at Aisne-Marne Cemetery outside Paris. — Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020
Trump made the comments during a 2018 visit to Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, according to The Atlantic. Griffin said one of her sources told her the president was in a foul mood and asked why he had to visit two cemeteries.
President Trump's staff explained he could cancel (his visit to the cemetery), but he was warned, 'They (the press) are going to kill you for this'." The President was mad as a hornet when they did. — Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020
Trump was scheduled to visit Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris that November but said the trip was called off because "the helicopter couldn't fly" and the Secret Service wouldn't drive him to the cemetery. Griffin learned, however, that Trump "just didn't want to go," she wrote on Twitter, citing a source. One of the sources also confirmed that the president said during a planning session that it was "not a good look" to include the "wounded guys" in a July 4 military parade, Griffin reported. She also said she found out that Trump "just hated" Sen. John McCain.
Regarding McCain, "The President just hated John McCain. He always asked, 'Why do you see him as a hero?" Two sources confirmed the President did not want flags lowered but others in the White House ordered them at half mast. There was a stand off and then the President relented. — Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020
This corroboration comes on the heels of Trump, his family, and his team staunchly denying The Atlantic piece and framing it as a political attack by an irrelevant and biased magazine.
I was never a big fan of John McCain, disagreed with him on many things including ridiculous endless wars and the lack of success he had in dealing with the VA and our great Vets, but the lowering of our Nations American Flags, and the first class funeral he was given by our.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020 ....John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES. This is more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020 The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance. Story already refuted, but this is what we are up against. Just like the Fake Dossier. You fight and and fight, and then people realize it was a total fraud! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020 But The Atlantic is a totally unbiased "news outlet," and not just propaganda for Joe Biden. 🙄🙄🙄 https://t.co/B1uf96ay8B — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 4, 2020
"The liberal activists at The Atlantic are uninterested in the truth, and they are only interested in peddling conspiracy-laden propaganda," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Friday. "No one loves and cares for our servicemen and women as much as President Donald J. Trump."
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