The accusers of President Trump in the Atlantic article published recently refuse to be named, yet they are able to make attempts to destroy President Trump’s credibility, with the blessing of mainstream media.
The anonymous report claims the president made disparaging reports about fallen American servicemen, something he has vehemently denied, while others who were there have gone on record to support him.
The president has said The Atlantic has used the made-up story in order to “gain some relevance.”
The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance. Story already refuted, but this is what we are up against. Just like the Fake Dossier. You fight and and fight, and then people realize it was a total fraud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
The Atlantic reported on Thursday, Sept. 3, that a visit to an American cemetery in France was canceled in 2018, as the president didn’t feel it was important to honor fallen Americans, and besides, the rain would ruin his hairdo. “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” Trump reportedly told senior staff, according to The Atlantic.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, the president shot back. “If people really exist that would have said that, they’re lowlifes and they’re liars. And I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more,” the president said, according to The New York Times. “What animal would say such a thing?” he added, reported the Daily Caller.
John Bolton, the national security adviser at the time and not a fan of the president, mentioned the trip in question in his recent memoir. There was no mention of any such scenario that Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg from The Atlantic has accused the president of.
“I didn’t hear that. I’m not saying he didn’t say them later in the day or another time, but I was there for that discussion,” he told reporters on Thursday. According to Fox News, Bolton also added that if the president had canceled the trip in France his readers would have heard about it in his memoirs, he would have devoted a whole chapter to such an incident.
Others have come out in support of the president, with 11 official on record refuting the false claims.
11 officials who were with President Trump are ON THE RECORD refuting it.
Official documents also refute it.https://t.co/2cvgxLDVL6
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) September 4, 2020
First Lady Melania Trump denied the allegations, and said in a public statement, “It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism—It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.”
.@TheAtlantic story is not true. It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism – It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 4, 2020
Gen. Keith Kellogg, the national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, also came to the president’s defense, saying, “The Atlantic story is completely false. Absolutely lacks merit. I’ve been by the president’s side. He has always shown the highest respect to our active-duty troops and veterans with utmost respect paid to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those wounded in battle.”
Dan Scavino, the White House social media director was also by the president’s side in France and said the allegations were “complete lies.”
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
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders came forward to say she was there with the president, and commented, “This never happened.”
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie spoke with Dana Bash from CNN on Sunday, and in defense of the president said that he had never heard President Trump disparage American service members, adding, “I would be offended too if I thought it was true. Again, I think ‘anonymous’ are the same people that brought you fake heart attacks, fake strokes, Russian collusion.”