President Donald Trump called American soldiers who died on French soil during World War I “losers” during a trip to France in 2018, several sources cited The Atlantic. The comments, reportedly made ahead of a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery, which was ultimately canceled and attributed to bad weather, were part of a pattern of the Commander in Chief berating murdered members of the Commander in Chief.
Trump later referred to World War I Marines killed in Belleau Wood, where American and Allied forces successfully halted German advance towards Paris in 1918, as “fools”
Responding to the report in a statement, the White House replied, “This report is obviously wrong. President Trump values the military very much. He has proven his commitment to her at every turn. “An Associated Press investigative reporter tweeted that a senior Defense Department official had” confirmed this story of Jeffrey Goldberg in its entirety. “
In a statement, Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential election, said that if the report is true, the president’s comments are “another indicator of how deeply President Trump and I disagree on the role of the President of the United States . ”
The president has a long history of attacking members of the military, including those in his own party, including the late Republican leader Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), whom he referred to as a “bloody loser” when he saw flags flying the were lowered to half mast in McCain’s honor after his death in 2018. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain in 2015 when he ran for the Republican presidential nomination. “I like people who haven’t been captured.” The president reportedly told his staff: “We will not support this loser’s funeral” after McCain’s death. Trump was not invited to the memorial service.
During a 2018 planning meeting for a military parade at the White House, Trump reportedly refused to allow wounded veterans, particularly non-amputees, to march. “Nobody wants to see that,” he was quoted as saying.
During a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2017, Trump is said to have joined John Kelly, then Secretary of Homeland Security and soon to be the White House Chief of Staff. Kelly’s son Robert, who was killed in Afghanistan at the age of 29, is buried there. When Trump stood in front of the grave, he is said to have asked the older Kelly: “I don’t understand. What was in it for her? ”
Kelly thought the comment was a joke at the time, but later found out that it wasn’t The Atlantic.
In 2016, he also attacked the mother and father of a U.S. Army captain Humayun Khan, who was awarded a Purple Heart for bravery after his death in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the same tirade, he called his own business work a “victim,” similar to dying in combat. Khan’s parents spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Trump himself did not serve in the military, of course, as he had been retired from duty due to the alleged presence of bone spurs in his feet during the Vietnam mission. In the 1990s, Trump said he viewed his attempts to avoid sexually transmitted infections as his “personal Vietnam”.
– Scott Bixby contributed to the coverage