The president also targeted Pentagon officials, claiming they wanted to continue “fighting the war” so that arms manufacturers could make a profit.
He insisted on bringing troops home from “endless wars” and said that American NATO allies like Germany would “rip us off.”
“Some people don’t like coming home, some people like to continue spending money,” Trump said. “That was one cold-hearted globalist betrayal after another.”
The article published on Thursday alleged that Trump referred to American soldiers buried in French cemeteries as “losers” and “suckers”. The administration has Denied these claims, Although Fox News and other outlets were able to confirm key details.
Trump said at the White House on Monday, “Only an animal would say that.”
Trump said The article’s author, The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, “has a very bad history”, and accused him of being a Democrat supporter. Trump previously called Goldberg a “slumball” and called for the firing of a Fox News reporter, who confirmed the article’s details.
“The story is a hoax, written by a guy who has got a very bad history,” Trump said. “The magazine itself, which I have not read, I think it is completely anti-Trump … it has created the story, it is completely the story.”
Trump said he “doesn’t understand” why people would make connections between what he said about Sen. John McCainThe John Sidney McKeansude Show – Stimulus, dominates electoral preparedness: Trump is ‘highly respected’ of the military, with reports showing little impact on Ohio voters. Secretary of Veterans Affairs defends Trump: ‘I judge a person for his actions’ More (R-Ariz.) Allegations in the past and in the article.
McCain was a critic of Trump when he was campaigning for the Republican ticket in 2015 and 2016, and at one point Trump said McCain was a “war hero” because he “liked people who were” not captured. ” The Atlantic article claimed Trump did not want to lower the flag in the White House when McCain died in 2018.
“I have always been on the opposite side of John McCain. John McCain loved the war – I would be a better warrior than anyone but when we fight the war, we are going to win them, ”Trump said. “And frankly I wasn’t a fan of John McCain, you know that, it’s pretty obvious.”
Trump criticized McCain in 2016 for pushing the controversial dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, alleging that Russia compromised material on Trump.
“So, this is not something I’m going to say ‘What a brilliant man.” So, you know what I used to be with him, he lived with me, but we had different philosophies, “Trump said. “I respect a lot of people, that doesn’t mean I have to agree with them and I didn’t agree with them on a lot of things.”