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Trump Swears ‘I never called our great fallen soldiers anything but heroes.’ I certainly hope so, I’m married to one.

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President Donald Trump responded forcefully Friday to a report in the online magazine The Atlantic, which claimed he had disparaged fallen troops and wounded veterans on a trip to France in 2018, calling them ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’

I received the story early in the morning from a former federal law enforcement official, as well as a military veteran, who like my husband, Marty, fought on numerous battlefields around the world in duty to our nation.

In fact, one of my husband’s best friends was killed several years after Marty was wounded and blinded permanently in Eastern Afghanistan.

On that day that Brian lost his life, he was going after a foreign terrorist that was operating in the country. It was late at night, and he wanted to clear the rooftop because his men were below and exposed. He was just that kind of guy, all the men he served with would say. He, like my husband, would be the person you’d want next to you during a fight. They would never desert or betray anyone.

As soon as Brian got to the rooftop, the terrorist was hiding in the darkness and shot him. He was able to call in on his radio to let his team know he’d been hit. His good friend, Nate, was already on his way up when he heard the call. He didn’t hesitate to climb in the darkness of night to save Brian. As I heard it, Nate made it up the side of the building to help Brian, the terrorist who was hiding in the darkness shot him in the head. Killing Brian’s friend instantly. The terrorist then shot Brian one final time.

I often wonder what was the last thing Brian, who wrangled with the demons of war, thought of when he knew he wasn’t making it off that building. I believe it was his wife and daughter.

I remember him talking with the guys at a party shortly before he deployed to Afghanistan. They were drinking and he was giving a pep talk: “why is it we do what we do?”‘ I won’t go into all of the reasons here because it’s a complicated answer.

It’s complicated, partly because it is who they are and their disposition to be protectors and guardians of our nation. They are the kind of people you want beside you in battle when things go sideways. They are loyal, true and will never walk away when you need them most.

Both Brian and Nate had children, they were good husbands and just wanted to do what they do best to make the world a better place for all of us. They gave up everything in the process.

My husband’s last memories before the darkness swept him and blinded him was the rough mountainous and vast foreign landscape of Eastern Afghanistan. He also recalls the rifle hitting the rocks beside his feet before the lights went out. It has not been easy.

I don’t believe and I don’t want to believe that President Donald Trump would disparage our fallen and wounded soldiers. For the most part, I don’t believe it. The few times I’ve spoken to the President he’s told me about the concern for the troops, endless wars and the need to do more for our veterans.

He responded to the story’s other accusations that he didn’t want to fly the flags at half mast for former Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was a veteran and who frequently sparred publicly with Trump over many issues.

“I never called John (McCain) a loser,” said Trump. “And swear on whatever, and whoever, I was asked to swear on that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything but heroes.”

I spoke to a close friend of the President, who has traveled with him and has been with him at Dover Air Force Base when fallen troops have arrived in American flag covered caskets on their final journey home. The source noted that the Atlantic’s story is far from the man they know.

It’s also hard for me to believe and why if this is true didn’t these sources reveal this two years ago. Why wait now if they were so outraged? Maybe we should ask but all four of the sources were cowards who didn’t want their names in the story and did it anonymously.

The accusations they made should have been on the record. The President has the right to confront the accusers. This is a vicious election and the President’s actions do not match up with what is being said about him in The Atlantic by these sources.

He has done more for our veterans than any President I can remember. He cares about military families and has made them a priority. His actions speak louder than words.

As for all our men and women in uniform they are my heroes.

I have great pride in my husband and my family’s service to this nation. My brothers served in the military, one in the Air Force and the other in the Army. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War. My grandfather fought in WWI and my mother’s family were warriors against rising communism and Fidel Castro in Cuba.

My husband served our nation since he was 17 years old and I wouldn’t want anyone else in my life but him.

I believe in President Trump and it would be an honor for me to discuss the issues with him on my podcast about our military and the accusations lobbed against him by these anonymous sources.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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