In the dispute over Donald Trump’s alleged statements denigrating American soldiers, the US president has now targeted one of his core areas of support when he called on a Fox News journalist to cover details of the scandal.
Atlantic Magazine published a story describing Trump saying he canceled a visit to an American military cemetery outside Paris in 2018 to pay tribute for believing the dead soldiers were “losers”
Among them was Fox News’ national security correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, who confirmed on a Twitter thread that Trump called soldiers “fools” and wondered why anyone would want to be a soldier and not Aisne-Marne war dead wanted to honor cemetery in France.
Amid the furious rejection of the story by White House allies and Trump’s allies, Griffin’s coverage has likely struck a nerve as it came from the normally reliable pro-Trump Fox news, whose conservative leanings and pro-Trump opinion show hosts are reliable Are cheerleaders for the president.
In a tweet, Trump said, “Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this type of reporting. I’ve never asked us to comment before. Fox News is gone! “
The White House has endeavored to oppose the report with unusual force, perhaps out of fear of the effects of the scandal on militarily supportive conservatives. Trump himself dismissed it as a politically motivated “joke”.
“There is no one who feels our soldiers, our wounded warriors, our soldiers who died in the war more than I do,” he told reporters at the White House on Friday. “It’s a joke,” he said on Friday night.
The first lady, Melania Trump, also weighed in on a rare political intervention and tweeted that the Atlantic story was “not true”.
Trump’s Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, pounced on the news while largely condemning Trump’s reported remark. Biden called the alleged comments “disgusting” and said Trump was “unsuitable to be in chief”.
“When my son volunteered and joined the US military – and went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other awards, he wasn’t a sucker,” Biden said in emotional remarks in Wilmington, Delaware.
His son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, was sent to Iraq in 2008.