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Donald Trump beats up military sources who claim he called American dead "losers" and "fools" of World War I


President Donald Trump called US soldiers injured or killed in action "losers" and "fools". This emerges from a new report that the White House calls "obviously wrong".

The report, released on Atlantic Thursday, citing four different military sources, said Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery near Paris in November 2018 because he feared his hair might get through Rain to be disheveled.

Speaking to senior executives prior to the planned visit, Trump reportedly asked helpers, “Why should I go to this cemetery? It's full of losers. "

During the same trip, the President reportedly later referred to the 1,800+ Marines who lost their lives in the Battle of Belleau Wood, France, as "idiots" for being killed.

A senior Department of Defense official with firsthand knowledge of the events and a senior Marine Corps officer who was told of Trump's comments confirmed some of the remarks made to The Associated Press, including the 2018 cemetery comments.

However, Trump emphatically rejected the report on Thursday evening, calling it "a shameful situation" by a "terrible magazine".

& # 39; It's a total lie. It's false news. It's a shame, and frankly it's a shame on your job, "Trump said.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Andrews Air Force Base after attending a rally at Andrews Air Force Base in Latrobe, Pa. On Thursday, September 3, 2020

Trump vehemently denied claims, first reported in the Atlantic, that he described the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery (above) in France in 2018 as "losers" and "fools".

Trump vehemently denied claims, first reported in the Atlantic, that he described the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery (above) in France in 2018 as "losers" and "fools".

The president's alleged comments are in stark contrast to Trump's public role as a self-proclaimed advocate of the military and its veterans.

A source described for firsthand views of the president said Trump "does not see heroism in battle". Other sources said Trump was deeply concerned about dying or being disfigured, and that fear manifests as disgust for those who have suffered.

The day of the planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery on November 10, 2018 also marked the 243rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

“Who were the good guys in this war?

Trump on the First World War

The Battle of Belleau Wood, which lasted 20 days in June 1918 and ended in a clear defeat for the German armed forces, was a crucial moment in World War I for the Marine Corps.

But Trump allegedly asked helpers on the same trip: "Who were the good guys in this war?" He also said he did not understand why the United States would intervene on the Allied side, the Atlantic reported.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Trump said he was "willing to swear by anything" that he never said anything derogatory "about our fallen heroes."

“There is no one who respects them more. No animal – nobody – which animal would say such a thing? & # 39;

He also wanted to go to the cemetery in France but said he could not do so because of heavy rains in Paris and that US intelligence would not allow him to drive a motorcade there.

& # 39; The helicopter couldn't fly. The reason it couldn't fly because it was raining as hard as I had ever seen it. And on top of that it was very, very foggy, ”said Trump on Thursday.

He added that staff were trying to arrange a motorcade but doing so would have meant driving through busy parts of Paris.

“The Secret Service told me you couldn't do it. I said I have to do it. They said you can't do it, ”said Trump.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also opposed the report, saying, "It's sad to see the depths people will go to in the run-up to a presidential campaign to try to smear someone."

Trump was supposed to join John Kelly to pay his respects to Kelly's son's grave and to comfort the families of other fallen service members at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day 2017 (above). However, Trump reportedly turned to Kelly and said, “I don't get it. What's in it for you? & # 39;

Trump was supposed to join John Kelly to pay his respects to Kelly's son's grave and to comfort the families of other fallen service members at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day 2017 (above). However, Trump reportedly turned to Kelly and said, “I don't get it. What's in it for you? & # 39;

The graves are pictured in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau on November 10, 2018

The graves are pictured in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau on November 10, 2018

In another report, which the Atlantic set out in detail, the president told senior advisors that he did not understand why the US government was putting so much emphasis on finding soldiers who went missing in action for performing badly and were caught and deserved what they got, a source said.

The president allegedly said those who served in the Vietnam War are also "losers" because they couldn't evade the draft. Trump received medical postponement from Vietnam for alleged bone spurs.

Speaking to then Chief of Staff John Kelly, Trump reportedly complained bitterly that he did not understand why John McCain, imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam, was so revered.

"Isn't he a loser?" Trump asked about the four sources.

Trump previously publicly mocked McCain's legacy as a war hero. Speaking in the 2016 Iowa presidential campaign, Trump said, “He's not a war hero. I like people who haven't been captured. & # 39;

At the same time, Trump said, "I don't like losers," referring to McCain, who lost the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama.

& # 39; I supported him. He lost. He let us down. But he lost. That's why I've never liked him so much after that, because I don't like losers, ”he said.

The officer in charge of the Marine Corps and the Atlantic, citing first-hand sources, reported that Trump said he did not want to support Republican Senator John McCain's funeral in August 2018.

The Atlantic reported that Trump was also upset about half-pole flags for McCain, saying, “What the hell are we doing this for? Guy was a bloody loser. & # 39;

Trump admitted Thursday that he was "never a fan" of McCain and disagreed with him, but said he still respects him and approves of anything to do with his "top notch triple-A funeral" without hesitating because "I thought he deserved it".

The magazine said Trump was also referring to former President George H.W. Bush as a "loser" because he was shot down by the Japanese as a naval pilot in World War II.

Speaking to then Chief of Staff John Kelly (see above), Trump reportedly complained bitterly that he did not understand why John McCain, who was imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam, was so revered

Speaking to then Chief of Staff John Kelly (see above), Trump reportedly complained bitterly that he did not understand why John McCain, who was imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam, was so revered

Trump previously publicly mocked McCain's legacy as a war hero. Speaking in the 2016 Iowa presidential campaign, Trump said, “He's not a war hero. I like people who haven't been captured. & # 39;

John McCain seen above

Trump previously publicly mocked McCain's legacy as a war hero. Speaking in the 2016 Iowa presidential campaign, Trump said, “He's not a war hero. I like people who haven't been captured. & # 39;

The Atlantic also describes another exchange between Trump and Kelly on Memorial Day 2017 at the grave of Kelly's son Robert, who died in Afghanistan in 2010 at the age of 29.

Trump was supposed to join Kelly in paying his respects to Robert's grave and comforting the families of other fallen service members.

However, Trump reportedly turned to Kelly at his son's grave and said, “I don't get it. What's in it for you? & # 39;

Defense officials also confirmed to the AP that Trump made the remarks.

One of Kelly's friends who is a four-star general told the Atlantic: "(Trump) can't understand the idea of ​​doing something for anyone other than yourself. He just thinks that everyone who does something, when there is no direct personal gain, is a fool, there is no money to serve the nation.

"Trump cannot imagine someone else's pain. So he would say so to the father of a fallen marine on Memorial Day in the cemetery where he is buried," the source continued.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday, "If the revelations in today's article about the Atlantic are true, then they are another indicator of how deeply President Trump and I disagree on the role of the President of the United States."

"Duty, honor, country – these are the values ​​that drive our service members," he said in a statement Thursday evening, adding that if he is elected president, "I will make sure our American heroes know that I am theirs Back and. " honor their sacrifice – always. & # 39; Biden's son Beau served in Iraq in 2008-09.

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