US President Donald Trump is facing a backlash following allegations that he insulted American soldiers killed as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’ in action.
The alleged comments were first published in the Atlantic journal, and the Associated Press and Fox News corroborated a few specifics.
Yet the president and his supporters denied that he’d made the statement.
Groups of veterans were among those who have criticized the president over leaks.
VoteVets, a political organization, shared a video of families whose kids were killed in action. “You do not know what love is,” one says.
The Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff tweeted: “Who’s so surprised by this?”
President Trump faces the guillotine
Analysts say the remarks may be negative with the president being in need of help from military supporters when he runs for reelection.
Mr Trump has cancelled a visit to a US cemetery outside Paris in 2018, according to The Atlantic, because he said it was “full of losers.”
Four sources told the magazine that he declined the notion of visiting because the rain was going to dishevel his hair and he didn’t think it was necessary to remember the dead war of America.
The president even reportedly referred to 1,800 U.S. troops who died as “suckers” at Belleau Wood on the same voyage. During World War I, the battle helped deter a German attack on Paris. It was venerating by the US Marine Corps.
Reporting on the Atlantic with the focus on anonymous reports. But the Press said several of the comments check independently. A Fox News correspondent said some of the comments had been corroborated.
In 2018 the White House said the tour had been off. Because the president’s plane had been facing poor weather. This statement got back up by former National Security Advisor John Bolton. He has been a frequent opponent of Mr Trump, in a new book by President Trump.
In response to a letter under the Freedom of Information Act from Buzzfeed writer Jason Leopold. The US Navy has said it cancelled the trip to the cemetery due to flooding.