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, allegedly made prior to a scheduled visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery that was eventually canceled and blamed on bad weather, were apparently part of a pattern in which the Commander-in-Chief was disparaging the slain service members.
In a separate conversation around the same time, Trump called the fallen World War I Marines at Belleau Wood as “fools” for being killed. Belleau, the site of a major battle in American history, is where American troops and their allies prevented the Germans from advancing on Paris in 1918. Trump reportedly expressed confusion about it and asked his Aides: “Who? Were the good guys in this war?”
The president has a long history of targeting members of his own party, including late Republican leader John McCain, whom he called a “bloody loser” when he saw flags lowered at half-mast in McCain’s honor after his death. in 2018. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain in 2015 while he was still running for the Republican presidential nomination. “I like people who haven’t been discovered.”
Trump called US Soldiers LOSERS and SUCKERS
President Donald Trump described US Marines who lost their lives during a crucial battle in World War I as “fools” and “losers,” The Atlantic reported Thursday.
The president made the remarks during a visit to Paris in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, according to the report. He was supposed to visit the Aisne-Marne cemetery near Paris in November, but the trip was canceled after Trump said the “helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the secret services would not take him to the cemetery.
The Atlantic reported this, citing four people with direct knowledge of the situation.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) September 3, 2020
“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s full of losers,” Trump told senior officials the morning he was due to visit Aisne-Marne, The Atlantic reported. In another conversation, he called the US Marines who died in the Battle of Belleau Wood “fools” because they died, according to the report.
The battle and the ground on which it was fought are widely revered as a crucial part of the history of the Marine Corps. The site is where American forces and allies prevented the Germans from advancing on Paris.
But The Atlantic reported that Trump didn’t understand its significance and asked advisors on his 2018 trip, “Who were the good guys in this war?” He also didn’t understand why the United States entered World War I to side with Allied forces, the report added.
The president has repeatedly discredited veterans since he launched his first campaign in the summer of 2015.
Perhaps his best-known target was Senator John McCain of Arizona. McCain was a US Navy fighter pilot who was captured and tortured by North Vietnamese forces for more than five years during the Vietnam War.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain in July 2015. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who haven’t been captured.”
“We needed 60 votes and we had 51 votes,” Trump said, referring to an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “And sometimes, you know, we’ve had a bit of a tough time with a couple of them, right. ? Luckily they are gone now. They went to greener pastures, or perhaps much less green pastures. But they are gone. So happy they are gone. ”
Trump was referring to McCain, who made headlines in 2017 when he cast the deciding vote against Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s legislative success. The president was confident that McCain was not admired by his supporters and that there would be no lasting consequences for his comments, a senior official told the Washington Post in 2019.
“Not a soul brave enough to put their name on any of these accusations. That’s because they are false. Just another anonymously sourced story meant to tear down a Commander-in-Chief who loves our military and has delivered on the promises he’s made. What a disgrace!” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere tweeted Thursday night.
Not a soul brave enough to put their name on any of these accusations. That's because they are false. Just another anonymously sourced story meant to tear down a Commander-in-Chief who loves our military and has delivered on the promises he's made. What a disgrace! https://t.co/NInGxeDcI2
— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) September 3, 2020
The president often says he did more for veterans than all of his predecessors. He also falsely claimed more than 150 times that he planned to pass the Veterans Choice Act when, in fact, it was Obama who made it into law in 2014.
When a reporter challenged Trump over his statement at a press conference last month, the president refused to respond and abruptly left the room.
Trump himself, of course, did not serve in the military, having received a deferral of service during Vietnam due to the alleged presence of bone spurs at his feet. In the 1990s, Trump said he considered his attempts to avoid sexually transmitted infections his “personal Vietnam”.