President Donald Trump late Thursday denied a report that he called fallen soldiers “suckers” and “losers.”
He fired back after The Atlantic first reported that Trump used the terms to describe Americans lost in war. The Associated Press later said it independently confirmed the president made the remarks about those buried at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France.
Sources, who spoke anonymously, also reportedly said Trump was opposed to attending the funeral of John McCain, a Republican U.S. Senator who criticized the president and was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
“We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral,” Trump said, according to The Atlantic.
The president took to Twitter to slam the report.
“I never called … John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES,” the president wrote Thursday. “This is more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election.”
But Trump at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, called John McCain a “loser” because he was defeated by President Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
Trump also said McCain “was a war hero because he was captured.”
“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.
After The Atlantic report, some supporters of the president came to his defense.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who previously served as White House press secretary for the Trump administration, called The Atlantic’s report “total BS.”
“These were some of the moments I witnessed the President show his heart and demonstrate how much he respects the selfless and courageous men and women of our military,” she tweeted. “I am disgusted by this false attack.”
But others on Twitter criticized the president for his reported remarks.
“I recommend all veterans to use their Military pics as a profile pic to let Trump know how many people he has offended by calling fallen soldiers losers and suckers,” wrote one social media user who called himself a “former Trump supporter.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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