President Trump called his former Chief of Staff John Kelly and First Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Tuesday night – both retired Marine generals – as well as former National Security Advisor John Bolton, calling the former staff “dissatisfied”, with the three criticizing him. Since his departure from his administration.
Trump made the remark during an event at ABC News Town Hall in response to a question with reluctant voters, as host George Stephanopoulos asked the president about the trio.
After Stefanopoulos listed criticism from a group of former defense officials, Trump said, “These are the people who let me go. These are disgruntled to put former employees in a good way,” Bolton told Trump in the United States Called a threat to, Mattis has stated that Trump aims to divide Americans and Kelly has publicly sided with Mattis in a feud between the former Secretary of Defense and the president.
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“Mattis was a highly overrated general, didn’t do the job, didn’t do well on ISIS. I took over 100% of the ISIS caliphate. I had people who wanted me. Mattis was fired, as you were. Know. By President Obama. And I fired him too, “Trump said.
Stephanopoulos noted that Mattis says he resigned, but Trump reiterated that he fired Mattis.
The President continued: “If you look at John Bolton … all he wanted to do was blow people up, he wanted to go to war with everyone. And frankly, I did his very well Used. I bring him to a room. Conversation. When people saw him, he said oh, wow, he’s going to go to war. ”
The answer came during a discussion about a story in The Atlantic, which reported that Trump had called World War I a “sucker” and a “loser”, as he alleged France’s disdain for troops. The 2018 trip to a cemetery for the American War that was killed in was canceled. Trump said the statements he made were “never made by me” and the reason for the cancellation of the cemetery visit was the weather.
The two sources on the trip denied the “loser” and “sucker” comments and the main allegations against Trump about the canceled trip. He said the call for the dead not to go to war was made by Kelly’s aide, who was then chief of staff, because the Secret Service was concerned about Trump flying in the weather that day and believed The drive was too far to make an issue in an emergency without risking the president out of the country. Bolton also wrote that version of the story in his book released months ago, “It was a direct decision to cancel the trip.”
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But Trump had publicly humiliated military members in the past, including the late Sen. John McCain, R-Arries, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. When confronted with those remarks by Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, Trump said that “he was never a fan of John McCain. I never thought he treated our vets well. He didn’t work.” I was never a fan of them. But I think that’s okay. And everyone knows. And I said it to her face. ”
After Stepanolpulos Trump specifically stated that McCain is not a war hero, Trump began talking about his efforts to build an army.
But a former senior Trump administration official who was in France traveling with the president in November 2018 confirmed other details surrounding that visit and had a separate account of the visit to the canceled cemetery.
The source said that during the visit, the President was not in a good mood, the French President was angry at something and questioned the need to visit two cemeteries. Apparently Trump had been warned that he would get bad pressure to cancel. The source also said that there was no safety reason not to go to the cemetery, which was about 40 miles from Paris.
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“The president drives a lot. Other world leaders turned to the cemeteries. He just didn’t want to go, “the source said.
According to the former official, Trump also said of the Vietnam War: “It was a senseless war. Whoever Gaya was a sucker. “But sources said that Trump did not use that term to refer to the dead dead in the battle at Aisne-Marne.
Separately, this former official also heard the president say about American veterans: “What’s in it for them? They don’t make any money?” Several sources have confirmed that Trump said something to this effect during his 2017 visit to Arlington Cemetery, as described in the Atlantic piece, although a vigorous Trump was not abusive.
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Also, regarding the President’s July 4 military parade planning accounts, the source said that during a planning session at the White House after watching the Bastille Day parade in 2017, the president said about the inclusion of wounded veterans , “It’s not a good one” and “Americans don’t like it.”
During Tuesday’s town hall, Trump was also pressured to admit Bob Woodward that he had removed the coronovirus – Trump said on Tuesday that he “played it in terms of action” – and again claimed that coronaviruses “To disappear.” And argued that his administration would protect health insurance for those who have succeeded in the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act in the current situation.
The town hall arrived just six weeks before Election Day and voting has already started in some states.