He stressed that while the US military supports him to a large extent, he does not get the same affinity from the top. He made the remark, as he advocated the removal of American troops from “endless wars” and lashed out at NATO allies who said “cut us off.”
Comment comes after Atlantic Reported Trump reproached American soldiers as “suckers” and “losers” for dying in battle. The article, which has been confirmed by several news outlets, sent shock waves through Washington. Trump and his surrogates refute the story with rarely seen heroism from the White House.
During his Monday news conference, Trump repeated those rebuttals, stating that “only an animal would say something like that.”
The Atlantic report also stated that Trump made lewd comments while visiting the grave of John Kelly’s son at Arlington National Cemetery. Kelly was Trump’s Chief of Staff at the time and is a retired Marine general. He was removed from his White House position in January 2019, and Trump has since denied Kelly as incompetent.
Kelly has not yet publicly commented on the Atlantic story. When asked on Monday if he asked Kelly to refute the story, Trump said no. He also said that no one respected him more than the military, and “I think John Kelly knows this.”
“I have nothing against John,” Trump said later, even as he criticized Kelly recently last week as “exhausted” and “unable to handle the pressures of his job.”
Department of Defense The White House adjourned when comments were sought. The White House did not immediately respond to Trump’s request for an extension Observations.
On a relatively mild summer vacation, the event took place outside, in an unusual setting at the White House North Portico. But Trump’s vocals were hardly quiet and boring, with a particularly impatience in his voice as he pounced on journalists and attacked his opponents. He called his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, “stupid” and launched a long-range offensive against China, NATO countries and the so-called steel dossiers.
At one point, he became heated and back-to-back with Reuters’ Jeff Mason, trying to take off his mask to the reporter. Mason refused, and Trump was engulfed in frustration.
Many of Trump’s points reflect major news that was published over the weekend, including the New York Times Detailed analysis In Biden’s History in China. The story contrasts Biden’s cautious optimism at the turn of the millennium towards the then budding world player, with the former Vice President’s more significant recent stance toward China’s economic and human rights abuses.
But Trump cast the report as exposing Biden as pro-China – a character in a global system that does away with American workers.
“With Biden, he sent our jobs, opened our borders and sent our youth to fight in these crazy endless wars,” Trump said.
The president also claimed that China was using US investment to strengthen its own war machine and claimed its remediation by the World Trade Organization, saying it would have received preferential treatment as a developing country is.
“We are considered as a nation which is fully developed. As far as I am concerned, we are not fully developed, ”Trump said, citing anti-racism protests that spread throughout the summer in cities across the country. (The United Nations lists America as the 15th most developed country on Earth.)
Trump also responded to The Washington Post investigation It was alleged that Postmaster General Louis Dejoy had pressured employees at his former logistics company to donate to Republican campaigns. The Post article stated that DeJoy reimbursed employees with bonuses, which would amount to illegally using employees as fundraising surrogates.
Asked if he was ready to launch an investigation into DeJoy, Trump said “definitely,” although he said he was not aware of the details of the allegations. Asked if DeJoy should be fired if an investigation found that he violated campaign finance law, Trump said, “Yes.”
“If anything can be proved that he has always done something wrong,” Trump said.
He ended the news conference criticizing China for failing the coronovirus, then wished reporters a happy Labor Day.