• By The Financial District


A new report details multiple instances of President Donald Trump making disparaging remarks about members of the US military who have been captured or killed, including referring to the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as “losers” and “suckers,” the Associated Press (AP) reported on September 4, 2020. Trump said Thursday that the story is “totally false.”

The allegations were first reported in The Atlantic, said the New York Times,  quoting a senior Defense Department official with firsthand knowledge of events and a senior US Marine Corps officer who was told about Trump's comments confirmed some of the remarks to AP, including the 2018 cemetery comments. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that “If the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States.”

The defense officials said Trump made the comments as he begged off visiting the cemetery outside Paris during a meeting following his presidential daily briefing on the morning of Nov. 10, 2018. Staffers from the National Security Council and the Secret Service told Trump that rainy weather made helicopter travel to the cemetery risky, but they could drive there. Trump responded by saying he didn't want to visit the cemetery because it was “filled with losers,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss it publicly. The White House blamed the canceled visit on poor weather at the time.

In another conversation on the trip, The Atlantic said, Trump referred to the 1,800 Marines who died in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed. Trump emphatically denied the Atlantic report Thursday night, calling it "a disgraceful situation” by a “terrible magazine.”