President Donald Trump called an article that makes him appear disrespectful to fallen U.S. soldiers during World War I “disgraceful.”
Referring to the article published by The Atlantic on Sept. 3, based on anonymous sources, President Trump presents as an example the honors he authorized to be given to former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), at his funeral in 2018.
“[I was never a big fan of John McCain, nor did I call him] …John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES. This is more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!”
“This is more like a false story given by disgusting and jealous failures in a shameful attempt to influence the 2020 election,” President Trump published.
….John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES. This is more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
McCain was a candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2008. He died on Aug. 25, 2018, and President Trump considered it an honor to approve his first-class funeral.
The controversial article, considered “Fake News” by President Trump, goes back to 2018, and makes him appear to say that the American cemetery at Aisne-Marne near Paris was “full of losers.”
Trump’s team was outraged by the defamatory article against him, and agree with him that it is a ploy used for political purposes just 60 days before the presidential election.
Dan Scavino, White House deputy chief of staff for communications and director of social media called the article “offensive and patently untrue,” highlighting a series of measures the president took in support of the military.
“On that Atlantic piece: It’s offensive & patently false. @realDonaldTrump holds the military in the highest regard. He’s demonstrated his commitment to the force: delivering a pay raise to our troops, increasing military $$, signing vets reform & supporting military spouses,” Farrah tweeted.
Adding in another tweet: “I’ve watched @realDonaldTrump solemnly sign letters to the families of fallen heroes. He’s honored their memories by doing more than any modern president to get us OUT of endless wars.”
Scavino, who was in France during the visit in which the president was supposed to ‘insult’ the soldiers, said that version was a lie.
“I was with POTUS in France, with Sarah [Huckabee Sanders], and have been at his side throughout it all. Complete lies by ‘anonymous sources’ that were ‘dropped’ just as he begins to the campaign (and surge). A disgraceful attempt to smear POTUS, 60 days before the Presidential Election! Disgusting!!,” Scavino wrote in a tweet.
I was with POTUS in France, with Sarah, and have been at his side throughout it all. Complete lies by “anonymous sources” that were “dropped” just as he begins to campaign (and surge). A disgraceful attempt to smear POTUS, 60 days before the Presidential Election! Disgusting!! https://t.co/mQfCNUlyZm
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) September 4, 2020
With his message, Scavino responded to former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was also in France at the time mentioned by The Atlantic.
“The Atlantic story on @realDonaldTrump is total [expletive]. I was actually there and one of the people part of the discussion – this never happened. I have sat in the room when our President called family members after their sons were killed in action and it was heart-wrenching …,” Sander said in her tweets, denying the controversial article.