Bolton Says Claims Trump Disparaged U.S. Troops Are ‘Simply False’
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?”