President Trump has barked at the idea that he would conceivably portray U.S. veterans as less than is a “total lie.”.
The president’s denial came on the back of a report in The Atlantic, alleging that he made disparaging remarks about fallen United States military personnel buried in France and declined to visit a cemetery during a trip there in 2018.
Speaking to reporters, Trump, who is seeking re-election in November and has touted his record helping U.S. veterans, said the story was false.
“To think that I would make statements negative to our military and fallen heroes when nobody has done what I’ve done,” for the U.S. armed forces, the Republican president said. “It’s a total lie … It’s a disgrace.”
The president said he did not go to the cemetery because the weather prevented a helicopter flight. The alternative, a long drive, would have meant going through very busy areas of Paris and the Secret Service objected, he said.
“The Secret Service told me, ‘You can’t do it.’ I said, ‘I have to do it. I want to be there.’ They said, ‘You can’t do it’,” Trump said.
According to the report in The Atlantic, Trump referred to the 1,800 marines who died in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed.
Additionally, the publication said Trump referred to former President George H W Bush as a “loser” because the Japanese shot him down as a Navy pilot in World War II.
The comments echo those that Trump made in 2016 about John McCain, the late Republican Senator, and war hero.
He criticized McCain for his service, saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.”
“He was captured. Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure; he told Dan Rather in a report.
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is leading Trump in national polls for the upcoming November 3 election, said the article, if true, showed “another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the president of the United States.”
“I have long said that, as a nation, we have many obligations, but we only have one truly sacred obligation — to prepare and equip those we send into harm’s way and to care for them and their families, both while they are deployed and after they return home. That’s the foundation of what Jill and I believe,” said Mr. Biden.
“And if I have the honor of serving as the next commander in chief, I will ensure that our American heroes know that I will have their back and their sacrifice – always.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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