Staggering account of callousness, the Atlantic says the commander


Staggering account of callousness, the Atlantic says the commander in chief, among other things, referred to American War Dead as losers. And suckers. Commander in chief says the story is not true. There is nobody that feels more strongly about our soldiers. Our wounded warriors are soldiers that died in war than I do. It's a hoax. But a number of outlets confirmed the Atlantic's reporting. We're joined now by NPR. White House correspondent Franco Ordonez. Franco. Thanks for being with us. Thank you, Scott. Franco. This, of course, is not the first time the president's been accused of making disparaging remarks about military personnel. The White House is responding more sharply than they have in the past. What do you make of that? Well, I mean, the president has tied himself to the military in ways. Unlike many other U. S leaders, he sees military families and veterans is a key part of his base, and he argues that he's the one who loves the flag and honors the country. Well, Joe Biden and the far left do not. Peter Feaver, who served in senior national security positions in the Clinton and Bush administrations, told me basically that these accusations if they're true Blow a hole in that central message. The White House reaction makes it clear that they view this as politically toxic for the president. In part because it undermines so vividly ache for plank of their reelection campaign that he's the president who's rebuilt the military, you know, the report alleges that Trump insulted service members and veterans in private and skipped a 2018 visit to an American military cemetery in France because he didn't feel it was important. I'll note. NPR has not confirmed the statements independently. The White House says Trump cancelled the visit because of bad weather, and they have since provided statements from multiple officials who said the accusations are false. Now. Interestingly, the president yesterday stopped short of blaming his former chief of staff General John Kelly, for the report, but he did allow for that possibility and took the opportunity to criticize him.

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