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

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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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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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