After returning from a rally in Pennsylvania, the president spoke to reporters and said the report was “a shameful situation.”
“To think that I would make negative statements to our military if no one did what I did, with the budgets and the military budget. We’re getting pay increases for the military. It’s a shameful situation, from a magazine that is a terrible magazine, I don’t read it, “he said.
CNN has not independently verified The Atlantic’s report.
The Atlantic specifically reported that Trump did not want to attend a ceremony at the Belleau Wood Aisne-Marne American cemetery in France in 2018 because he feared the rain would dishevel his hair.
However, CNN reporters in France reported during the president̵
Trump insisted Thursday night that intelligence had prevented him from attending the ceremony.
“I was ready to go to a ceremony. I had two of them, one the next day, it was pouring and I went there. The reason it couldn’t fly is because it was raining as hard as I’ve ever seen it and on top of that it was very, very foggy and the helicopter couldn’t fly, “he said.
The secret service, Trump said, “told me you can’t do it. I said I have to do this, I want to be there.”
Trump said he then “called home, spoke to my wife and said, ‘I hate that. I came here to go to this ceremony.’ And to who was the next day I went to. I said I feel awful. And that was the end of it. “
The President’s apparent anger at the report, as well as the haunting comments both current and former administration officials made earlier in the day, are some of the White House’s biggest setbacks to a media report in recent times.
Trump went on to cut back on reporting that he insulted the late Senator John McCain, admitting that he “was never a fan” but insisted that he “still respected him”.
“He had a top-notch triple-A funeral which, by the way, lasted nine days. I had to approve it. All of this had to be approved. And I approved it without hesitation or complaint,” Trump said. “I felt like he deserved it.”
“It is a total lie for someone to say the things I said,” he claimed. “Which animal would say something like that?”
Later on Thursday, Trump falsely tweeted that he never called McCain a loser. As a presidential candidate in 2015, Trump said in an Iowa town hall, “I don’t like losers” in reference to McCain losing the 2008 presidential election.