A new report came of Trump making disparaging remarks about members of the US military who have been captured or killed, including referring to the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’.
Staffers from the National Security Council and the Secret Service told Trump that rainy weather made helicopter travel to the cemetery risky, but they could drive there.
Trump responded by saying he did not want to visit the cemetery because it was “filled with losers”, the official said.
The White House blamed the canceled visit on poor weather at the time.
On Thursday, Joe Biden said, “If the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the US.” He added, “Duty, honor, country – those are the values that drive our service members. I will ensure that our American heroes know that I will have their back and honor their sacrifice – always.”
Alyssa Farah, the White House strategic communications director said, “President Trump holds the military in the highest regard. He is demonstrated his commitment to them at every turn, delivering on his promise to give our troops a much needed pay raise, increasing military spending, signing critical veterans reforms, and supporting military spouses. These nameless anecdotes have no basis in fact and are offensive fiction.”
Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, tweeted Thursday, “The Atlantic story is completely false. Absolutely lacks merit. I have been by the president’s side. He has always shown the highest respect to our active duty troops and veterans with utmost respect paid to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those wounded in battle.”
In 2015, after launching Trump’s presidential candidacy, Trump publicly blasted McCain, saying “He is not a war hero. I like people who were not captured.”
Trump also refereed to former President George HW as a loser, because he was shot down by the Japanese as a Navy Pilot in World War II.
Trump only amplified his criticism of McCain as the Arizona lawmaker grew critical of his acerbic style of politics, culminating in a late-night no vote scuttling Trump’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That vote shattered what few partisan loyalties bound the two men and Trump has continued to attack McCain for that vote, even posthumously.