US President Donald Trump speaks to officials during a roundtable discussion on community safety, at Mary D. Bradford High School in in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. Trump in Kenosha says violent anti-police protests were 'domestic terror.' Photograph:( AFP )
The Atlantic magazine reported on Thursday that Trump referred to Marines buried in an American cemetery near Paris as "losers" and declined to visit their graves in November 2018.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday again defended his support for American troops after reports that he had disparaged fallen US soldiers in Europe. Reports also claimed that he had declined to visit an American cemetery during a 2018 trip to France.
The Atlantic magazine reported on Thursday that Trump referred to Marines buried in an American cemetery near Paris as "losers" and declined to visit their graves in November 2018 because of concern the rain that day would mess up his hair, an account the president denied on Thursday and again on Sunday said was false.
Bloomberg reported on Sunday that Trump subsequently spent the free time selecting artwork to remove from the US ambassador's residence and send back to the White House.
Trump, a Republican who is seeking re-election in part on his vocal support of the US military, blasted Democrats and the news media on Sunday, tweeting: "They will say anything, like their recent lies about me and the Military, and hope that it sticks... But #MAGA gets it!" referring to his supporters who back his "Make America Great Again" slogan.
The Democrats, together with the corrupt Fake News Media, have launched a massive Disinformation Campaign the likes of which has never been seen before. They will say anything, like their recent lies about me and the Military, and hope that it sticks... But #MAGA gets it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who is challenging Trump in the November 3 presidential election, called Trump's comments about the fallen soldiers, "a disgrace" if true.
US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on Sunday echoed remarks last week by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper telling CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump respected the troops and that he had never heard the president disparage US military members or veterans.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also backed Trump's support of the military.
"The president has always been 100% supportive of the military," Mnuchin told reporters at the White House.