Former National Security Advisor John Bolton said claims asserted by anonymous sources who told The Atlantic that President Donald Trump called fallen U.S. troops and wounded veterans ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’ while on a diplomatic visit to France in 2018 are “simply false.” President Trump has also denied making such comments.
“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 Fox News host Martha MacCallum Monday night.
Bolton also said he included the story of that visit to France in his book “The Room Where it Happened,” where he describes exactly why a trip to a cemetery for American war heroes was canceled.
“The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery,” Bolton asserted, saying Trump accepted the logistical recommendation.
Not a single unnamed source has come out of the shadows to back The Atlantic’s story. The news site’s Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote the piece, told CNN host Brian Stelter over the weekend of his decision to publish a piece solely based on anonymous sources, “The formula is simple. What you do is does the public’s right to know or need to know a particular piece of information outweigh the morally complicated and ambiguous qualities of anonymous sourcing?”
Bolton, however, wasn’t the only key source to deny the anonymously made claims. Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Zach Fuentes exclusively told Breitbart News, “You can put me on record denying that I spoke with The Atlantic. I don’t know who the sources are. I did not hear POTUS call anyone losers when I told him about the weather. Honestly, do you think General Kelly would have stood by and let ANYONE call fallen Marines losers?”
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A spike in gas prices will likely begin in March, according to Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum at GasBuddy. De Haan says all Americans may soon be facing California-esque gas prices.
Biden’s rising inflation could push gas prices for regular unleaded fuel to above $4 a gallon. “We’ll start to see gasoline demand surge, along with refiners doing maintenance ahead of the summer driving season, creating a squeeze” De Haan told Fox Business.
Earlier this month, GasBuddy projected the national average price for a gallon of gasoline could climb to a high of $4.13 in June. California cities could have average costs of over $5. Currently the nationwide average is $3.314 per gallon according to the American Automobile Association.
The highest-priced gas averages are $4.650 in California, and Texas sits at the lowest average of $2.942. Nonetheless, U.S. drivers are being warned to expect “real pain” at the pump when the spring travel surge begins.
Inflation is currently at the highest level in almost 40 years. Last week the Labor Department said the consumer price index has risen 7 percent over the last year. President Biden has called inflation “a global challenge” and attempted to claim the latest numbers are good news, point to a monthly rate of price increases around December.
After the report came out, Biden said, “Today’s report—which shows a meaningful reduction in headline inflation over last month, with gas prices and food prices falling—demonstrates that we are making progress in slowing the rate of price increases.”
“At the same time, this report underscores that we still have more work to do, with price increases still too high and squeezing family budgets” Biden did admit.
Daily Mail reports “nationwide, gas prices did drop 2.2 percent in December from the prior month, but remained 50 percent higher than a year ago. Food prices were up 0.5 percent on the month and 6.3 percent higher than a year ago, making it unclear what falling food prices Biden was referring to.”
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