'Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money:' Trump attacks Laurene Powell Jobs over The Atlantic report
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked Laurene Powell Jobs, who owns a majority stake in The Atlantic, making her his latest target amid his continued anger related to The Atlantic's Thursday reporting about his alleged comments about American soldiers who died in battle. "Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine that is run by a con man (Goldberg) and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE. Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!!" Trump said in a tweet Sunday. The president's tweet shared one from Charlie Kirk, the president of the right-wing nonprofit Turning Point USA, who noted that Powell Jobs was a Democratic Party donor and seemed to claim her ownership of The Atlantic was related to its coverage of Trump. On Thursday, The Atlantic reported that during a 2018 trip to France, the president canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery memo, calling the soldiers who died during World War I "suckers" and "losers." He also feared going to the cemetery during inclement weather would disturb his hair, according to the report. The report was authored by The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, whom the president also targeted in the Sunday tweet. Trump and people connected to the White House have publicly denied Goldberg's reporting, although several outlets, including The Washington Post and The Associated Press, have reported they were able to confirm some of the details found in the story.
Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine that is run by a con man (Goldberg) and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE. Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!! https://t.co/wwuoP85bQE — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
On Friday, the president called for Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin to be fired after she tweeted she had confirmed portions of The Atlantic's reporting. "The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance," Trump tweeted Friday. "Story already refuted, but this is what we are up against."
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
Jobs married the late Apple co-founder in 1991, and the couple remained together until Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011 at the age of 56. Powell Jobs took control of the majority ownership of The Atlantic in 2017 through her company Emerson Collective, according to a previous Business Insider report. According to records from the Federal Election Commission, Powell Jobs has donated more than 600,000 to former Vice President Joe Biden's bid for the White House. As Business Insider previously reported, Powell Jobs, who has an estimated net worth of approximately $26 billion, in 2016 donated $2 million to Hillary Clinton's super PAC. Powell Jobs inherited $27.5 billion when her husband died in 2011, according to the previous report. She founded Emerson Collective in 2004, a "social change organization" named after author Ralph Waldo Emerson, according to a previous Business Insider report.SEE ALSO: Trump Jr. joins Triller and lashes out against TikTok, claiming the app is 'something that could haunt your kids forever' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
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Joe Biden relaunched a $47 million digital campaign targeting military families after Trump reportedly called dead US soldiers 'losers' and 'suckers'
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Former defense secretary says Trump's word and actions 'on the record' corroborates Atlantic report of him belittling American veterans
Summary List PlacementFormer Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a Sunday interview with ABC that...Summary List PlacementFormer Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a Sunday interview with ABC that The Atlantic's report that President Donald Trump belittled American veterans "will resonate" with US soldiers because of the president's track record of deriding Americans who served in the army. In a report published Thursday, The Atlantic stated that anonymous sources said Trump derided the late former senator John McCain and the late former President George H. W. Bush as "losers" because they were shot down while serving in the US Navy. Hagel said that the report is in line with Trump's words and actions "on the record," which speak to the "credibility of this article." He pointed out that Trump's derision of late Senator John McCain, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and retired US Marine Corps general John Kelly are among many of Trump's track record criticizing former American veterans that "corroborates" the report. Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel says he believes the report that Trump disparaged U.S. soldiers “will resonate” with the military because Trump’s own words and actions "on the record" make "the article and those anonymous comments more and more credible.” https://t.co/ScDveU4dz4 pic.twitter.com/loeHYvDuJ5 — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 6, 2020 NEW: Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel tells @MarthaRaddatz that “you can go through a litany of past things that (Trump) said from his mouth, actions that he’s taken, and it corroborates” the allegations in The Atlantic report that Trump disparaged U.S. soldiers. https://t.co/ScDveU4dz4 pic.twitter.com/YOdVUP6G1n — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 6, 2020 "Facts are facts," the former Defense Secretary told ABC News. "I think this is a pretty clear indictment of this president's attitude towards our veterans." A recipient of two Purple Hearts while serving in the Vietnam War, Hagel added that such "despicable" comments are "beneath the dignity of any commander-in-chief." "No president has ever done that — use your veterans, use your active military as props," Hagel said on ABC. Meanwhile, Trump and his supporters have denied the report, slamming its use of anonymous sources. The president furiously lashed out on journalist Jeffrey Goldberg who wrote the article and denied the veracity of the report. On Sunday, he also attacked Laurene Powell Jobs, a major stakeholder in The Atlantic for "wasting money" on a "failing Radical Left Magazine." 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 A number of other news outlets and journalists, including Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin, The Associated Press, and Business Insider have since corroborated parts of The Atlantic report with sources. Meanwhile, Trump has targeted journalists who have reported on the credibility of this story. On Friday, he tweeted out that Griffin "should be fired for this kind of reporting." Business Insider reached out to a spokesperson for The White House for comment. Read more: 'I've known Donald Trump. It sounds like him': Trump's 'loser' remarks about military veterans are getting harder to deny as more evidence corroborates bombshell report Trump said retired Gen. John Kelly 'got eaten alive' as White House chief of staff after reports claimed he made rude remarks at the grave of Kelly's son 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 Pete Buttigieg says Trump disrespected US military since the day he let a 'sucker' serve in Vietnam in his place Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it's like inside North Korea's controversial restaurant chain
Pete Buttigieg says Trump disrespected US military since the day he let a 'sucker' serve in Vietnam in his place
Summary List PlacementPete Buttigieg, the former candidate for president and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, blasted...Summary List PlacementPete Buttigieg, the former candidate for president and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, blasted President Donald Trump on Friday over his recently reported remarks about American soldiers who died in combat. On Thursday, The Atlantic reported that President Donald Trump in 2018 described American Marines who lost their lives during a World War I battle as "suckers" and "losers" in canceling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris that November. He also reportedly canceled the trip due to his fears that inclement weather would disturb his hair, according to The Atlantic. The White House and several people connected to it have since denied the accuracy of The Atlantic report, though Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin said in a Twitter thread she was able to confirm some of The Atlantic's reporting, which was based on reports from sources it granted anonymity. In response, Trump called on the cable news network to fire Griffin. Other outlets, including The Associated Press and The Washington Post, also reported the comments first published by The Atlantic on Thursday. As Business Insider reported noted, Trump has had a noted history of making disparaging comments about US veterans — most notably, the late 2012 GOP presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnamese forces for more than five years during the Vietnam War. On Twitter, Trump denied ever calling McCain a loser, despite a video of him calling him doing so during a 2015 event. 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 Buttigieg said Friday he wasn't buying the president's denials. "I mean, look, the president today lied on Twitter about never calling John McCain a loser," said Buttigieg, who served as a US Navy Reserve officer from 2009 to 2017, which included a seven-month tour as a counterintelligence officer in Afghanistan. "Now, he's asking us to believe that, OK, he's lying about that today, because we can check and see the footage, but he's not lying about the other stuff?" Buttigieg, who dropped out of the Democratic Party's primary race in March, added. He continued: "He must think we're all suckers, and the amazing thing to me is how little respect he has for the intelligence of his own supporters." According to a previous Business Insider report, President Donald Trump avoided the military draft five times during the Vietnam war — four times for being enrolled and college and once for having bone spurs. "This president has been disrespecting the military from the day that he let some sucker — in his view — go in his place to serve in Vietnam because he didn't want to," Buttigieg said.SEE ALSO: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said the president 'would start a war' to stop himself from being removed from office Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why American sunscreens may not be protecting you as much as European sunscreens