The former National Security Adviser John Bolton recapitulate his skepticism over a report stating that President Trump referred to American soldiers killed in combat during World War I as “losers” and “suckers”.
Bolton, who is now the enemy of the commander-in-chief after leaving the White House, said during an interview Monday with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that the allegations were “simply false.”
“According to what that article said, the president made disparaging remarks about soldiers and people buried in the cemetery in connection with the decision for him not to go to the ceremony that was planned that afternoon, and that was simply false,” Bolton told the network.
“I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false. The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery,” Bolton added.
Bolton was still serving in the Trump administration at the time and was present on the trip in question.
Last week the Atlantic published an article where they quoted what they said were four first-hand sources, who said Trump made the disparaging comments towards the fallen Marines the morning of a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in 2018.
It went on to say that the president canceled his visit and asked his senior staff members: “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.”
Mr. Trump was further accused of calling the dead soldiers “suckers.”
Apparently three sources also told The Atlantic that when McCain died in August 2018, the president said to his aides: “We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral,” and became angry when flags were lowered to half-staff.
The White House and President Trump and former West Wing staffers have vehemently denied the allegations.
According to Bolton, Trump was advised by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly that there were “logistical reasons why the trip couldn’t take place and the president assented to the recommendation that he not go.”
In response, Trump “sort of took the facts as they were,” going on to describe the cancelation as a “very straight weather call.”
“I can’t prove the negative that he never said those things. The president has a habit of disparaging people. He ends up denigrating almost everybody that he comes in contact with whose last name is not Trump.
“I was simply responding to what I thought the main point of the Atlantic article, that at the critical point Saturday morning when the decision was made not to go to Aisne-Marne that he made the disparaging remarks, and he did not,” Bolton added.