President Donald Trump of the United States has come under fire over reports that he has deadened the nation’s war as a “sucker” and “loser”, with his main rival Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election, calling him Declared “unfit”. For the role of Commander-in-Chief.
Trump again sought to dismiss the “false” alleged remarks as Biden commented on Friday, first reported by Atlantic magazine and then by the Associated Press news agency.
Voice cracking, Biden told reporters in Delaware that Trump’s remarks “you know in your gut” are, if true, “disappointing”.
“I have never been disappointed in my entire career, with a leader I have worked with, president or other,” said Biden. “If the article is true – and it appears, based on other things she says – it is absolutely harmful. It is an insult.”
Trump in the Oval Office said that no apology is necessary, because it was a “fake story”.
Killed during a visit to France in November 2018 and anonymously accused by the president of accusing him of killing members of the US service, including several offensive comments.
On the morning of a scheduled visit to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery, Trump allegedly told senior staff, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s full of losers.” The White House later said the trip was canceled because foggy weather made helicopter travel from Paris too risky and the 90-minute drive was considered unacceptable.
The Atlantic also said that Trump, in a separate conversation on the same trip, referred to more than 1,800 American soldiers who were killed during the resulting 1918 battle of Bellewood as “suckers” for those killed .
Speaking in the Oval Office on Friday, Trump denied ever making such comments: “It was a terrible thing that someone could say such things – and especially to me, ’cause I Has done more for the military than almost anyone else. ”
Later, at a news briefing, Trump suggested that the source of the story was his former chief, retired Marine General John Kelly. “It could have been a man like John Kelly,” Trump told reporters, his former top aide “unable to handle the pressures of this job”.
‘You’re No Patriot’
But that refusal was met with skepticism, when critics seized on media reports to shed a new light on Trump’s previous public discontent with American soldiers and military families.
It also includes his criticism of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, a decorated naval officer who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. “He is not a war hero,” Trump said in McCain’s 2015. He also said at the time: “I like that people were captured.”
On a call with reporters hosted by the Biden campaign on Friday, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth insisted Trump “accept the sacrifice of those who have shown more bravery than their bravery”.
Duckworth, a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel who lost both of his legs in the Iraq War, has been a prominent critic for Trump’s handling of military issues. Knocking Trump for allegedly inventing an injury to avoid serving in the Vietnam War, Duckworth said he would “take my wheelchair and my titanium legs over Donald Trump’s bone spurs any day “.
Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun was killed in action in Iraq in 2004, Duckworth joined the call and said Trump’s “life is a testament to selfishness”.
Khan, Those who gained national attention after criticizing Trump during the 2016 Democratic National Convention said: “The words we say are the windows in our souls. So, when Donald Trump wants anyone who’s in service to others Lose lives, we understand Trump’s soul. ”
The veterans also condemned the president’s alleged remarks.
Paul Eaton, a retired major general, said in a Twitter video that Trump had shown “disrespect to the military on countless occasions”: “You are no patriot.”
Read Jeff Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic. How can anyone support Trump? pic.twitter.com/xqfnklmCBq
– Major General (Retired) Paul Eaton (@ PaulDEaton52) September 4, 2020
VoteWets posted a video online, in which six families of American soldiers were killed while on duty, each with Trump declaring that his children were not losers or suckers. “You don’t know what it is to make a sacrifice,” one father said.
Donald Trump called our fallen soldiers “suckers” and “losers”.
They cannot speak for themselves, but these 6 Gold Star families speak for our fallen.
Here is their POWERFUL message.#GoldStarParentsAgainstTrump #VeteransAgainstTrump pic.twitter.com/ZnbFevqkNR
– VoteWets (@votevets) September 4, 2020
Al Jazeera’s Roseland Jordan, reporting from Alexandria in the US state of Virginia, said Trump’s alleged comments have been confirmed by several news outlets.
“This story is not going away, because now, several news outlets here in Washington have confirmed the same scope and the same citations were in that story. It also includes Fox News, which is the president’s television news. Network.”
Jordan was referring to reporting by Jennifer Griffin, Fox News’ national security correspondent, who said two former Trump administration officials had confirmed the reporting of The Atlantic.
According to a former senior Trump administration official: “When the president talked about the Vietnam War, he said, ‘It was a senseless war. Everything that went was sucker.”
– Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020
‘This never happened’
Meanwhile, Trump’s supporters resorted to television networks and social media to defend the president, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling the program on Friday, Fox and Friends, that he accompanied the president for a good part of his trip to France Were.
“I’ve never heard anyone use the words described in that article,” Pompeo said.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Osho released a statement saying “Trump has the most respect and admiration for our nation’s military members, veterans and families” and has fought for “more pay and more money for the armed forces” “.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was White House press secretary during Trump’s visit, quoted The Atlantic Report as saying, “I was really there and one of the people involved in the discussion – it never happened.”
These were some of the moments when I saw the President show his heart and demonstrate how much he respected the selfless and courageous men and women of our military. I hate this false attack.
– Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@sarahkabi) September 4, 2020
First Lady Melania Trump also defended her husband, issuing a rare public statement, calling Trump’s alleged mockery of the American war “not true” and destroying the Atlantic’s reliance on anonymous sources.
Mike Pence, vice president, said he was not in Paris but “it never happened”.
He told CNBC: “American people roll their eyes at these late-hit, anonymous-source media from across the Atlantic or elsewhere. It’s politics as usual.”