Daily Beast: President Trump called American soldiers who died on French soil during World War I “losers” during a trip to France in 2018, according to multiple sources cited by The Atlantic. The comments, reportedly made ahead of a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery that was ultimately canceled and blamed on bad weather, were part of a pattern of the Commander in Chief badmouthing slain service members.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) September 3, 2020
Trump later referred to World War I marines who were killed at Belleau Wood, where American and allied troops successfully halted the German advance towards Paris in 1918, as “suckers” for dying at enemy soldiers’ hands. Trump reportedly expressed confusion about the United States’ involvement in WWI, asking aides, “Who were the good guys in this war?”
52 years ago, Donald J. Trump showed a feckless lack of courage as his father obtained a 1-Y medical deferment for young Donald's non-existent "bone spurs".
— James Wooten (@rantonstupidity) September 2, 2020
Responding to the report in a statement, the White House said, “This report is patently false. President Trump holds the military in the highest regard. He’s demonstrated his commitment to them at every turn.” An investigative reporter for the Associated Press tweeted that a senior Defense Department official “confirmed this story by Jeffrey Goldberg in its entirety.”
“Why should I go to that cemetery?” Trump reportedly asked, before skipping a trip to an American burial ground in France. “It’s filled with losers.” https://t.co/11Wsk00y1B
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) September 4, 2020
The president has a long history of attacking military service members, even those in his own party, including the late Republican leader John McCain, whom he called a “fucking loser” upon seeing flags lowered to half-mast in McCain’s honor after his death in 2018.
Trump did not serve in the military; he received a medical deferment from the draft during the Vietnam War because of alleged bone spurs in his feet. In the 1990s, Trump said his efforts to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases constituted his “personal Vietnam.”
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) September 3, 2020
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain in 2015 while still running for the Republican presidential nomination. “I like people who weren’t captured.” The president reportedly told his staff, “We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral” after McCain’s death. Trump was not invited to the memorial service.
FILE UNDER : Someone was mean to a thin-skinned five deferment draft dodging coward.#PussyInChief
— Alan Scott (@CapeCodTweetaah) September 3, 2020
2018: Trump Called American War Dead 'Losers' and 'Suckers' – Report – Daily Beast: President Trump called American soldiers who died on French soil during World War I “losers” during a trip to France in 2018, according to multiple sources cited by The Atlantic. The comments, … pic.twitter.com/vQ9loed3kW
— VeteransToday (@veteranstoday) September 4, 2020
UPDATE: Responding to the report, the White House said, “This report is patently false. President Trump holds the military in the highest regard.”
Meanwhile, an AP reporter confirmed the story with a Defense Department official. https://t.co/bp9cw9ALaL
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 3, 2020
During a 2018 planning meeting for a White House military parade, Trump reportedly refused to allow wounded veterans to march, especially not amputees. “Nobody wants to see that,” he was quoted saying. read more…
The Atlantic: On Memorial Day 2017, Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery, a short drive from the White House. He was accompanied on this visit by John Kelly, who was then the secretary of homeland security, and who would, a short time later, be named the White House chief of staff.
The two men were set to visit Section 60, the 14-acre area of the cemetery that is the burial ground for those killed in America’s most recent wars. Kelly’s son Robert is buried in Section 60. A first lieutenant in the Marine Corps, Robert Kelly was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan. He was 29. Trump was meant, on this visit, to join John Kelly in paying respects at his son’s grave, and to comfort the families of other fallen service members.
But according to sources with knowledge of this visit, Trump, while standing by Robert Kelly’s grave, turned directly to his father and said, “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?” Kelly (who declined to comment for this story) initially believed, people close to him said, that Trump was making a ham-handed reference to the selflessness of America’s all-volunteer force. But later he came to realize that Trump simply does not understand non-transactional life choices.