Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden grills Trump for reports about alleged comments he made that those who joined the military were ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’
Biden himself criticized Trump in a statement Thursday evening.
“If the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the president of the United States,” Biden said. “If I have the honor of serving as the next commander in chief, I will ensure that our American heroes know that I will have their back and honor their sacrifice always.”
The attacks from the Biden camp came a day after The Atlantic reported that Trump declined to visit an American cemetery near Paris in 2018 and referred to U.S. Marines buried there as “losers” and “suckers.” He also reportedly expressed concerns that the rain he now says prevented him from flying to the site would mess up his hair.
Trump, who is running for reelection in November, told reporters that the magazine report was “a total lie” and “a disgrace.”
“To think that I would make statements negative to our military and fallen heroes when nobody has done what I’ve done,” for the U.S. armed forces, Trump told reporters. “It’s a total lie … It’s a disgrace.”
Members of the Trump administration also denied that the president spoke disparagingly about fallen U.S. military personnel buried at the cemetery.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” that he has “never heard the president use the language that is certainly said in that article about him calling military suckers and losers.”
“Indeed, just the contrary, he has always had the deepest respect. I’m a veteran, too. I care deeply about these young men and women, and I have watched the president honor them and every situation that I’ve been in with him as well,” Pompeo said.
“I wasn’t in Paris, but it never happened,” Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC on Friday when asked about the report. “I talked to the president that day, I know how disappointed the president was that there was a bad weather call. I’ve never been with anyone who cares more deeply about the men and women of our armed forces or respects them and their families than President Donald Trump.”
The Atlantic also reported that following the death of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in August 2018, Trump told aides that he was “not going to support that loser’s funeral.” Trump, who was not invited to the funeral, reportedly became furious when he saw U.S. flags had been lowered to half-staff to honor McCain.
McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, spoke out against the president on social media Thursday night.
“I just got through two years without my Dad a few days ago. The loss is still incredibly painful and raw,” she tweeted. “No one is more acutely aware of how vile and disgusting Trump has been to my family, it is still hard to understand — America knows who this man is.′