Donald Trump allegedly insulted US soldiers killed or wounded in wars. Several witnesses report on Trump’s statements during his 2018 trip to France.
Donald Trump often describes himself as a “patriot,” which is especially popular with his constituents. But despite a patriotic stance and his “America First” doctrine, there are always conflicts between veterans and the US president – usually caused by Trump’s hasty comments. That could deter major republican constituencies that may be important to the race for the US presidency in the November election.
Therefore, a report of alleged statements about fallen soldiers and veterans is particularly annoying to the US president. On Thursday, “The Atlantic” reported on Trump’s 2018 trip to France, where the US president canceled a visit to the Aisne-Maime military cemetery. The American magazine cites four sources from the US travel delegation as describing Trump’s refusal to honor fallen soldiers because he feared the bad weather would get his hair wet. It was only then officially said that the visit was canceled due to bad weather.
A cemetery “full of losers”
But that is not everything. The sources, who wish to remain anonymous, further report: In a conversation with senior staff on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump is said to have said, “Why should I go to this cemetery? It’s full of losers.” In a separate conversation, Trump referred to the 1,800 or more Marines who died in Belleau Wood as “fools” for having been murdered.
Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron visit the military cemetery in Colleville-Sur-Mer in 2019: During a visit to France in 2018, the US president canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne cemetery in Belleau. (Source: Image Images)
In Belleau Wood, the Americans and their allies halted the German advance to Paris in the summer of 1918 (World War I). Trump is said to have asked his advisers on the same trip, “Who were the good guys in this war?” He also apparently did not understand why the United States intervened on the Allied side.
Trump said this when a daily briefing on Nov. 10, 2018, focused on visiting the cemetery outside of Paris, a senior Defense Department official said with firsthand knowledge. The White House has denied the allegations. “This report is clearly incorrect,” said Alyssa Farah, White House director of strategic communications. “President Trump values the military.”
Conflict with war veteran McCain
The conflict between Trump and veterans is not new, the US president clashed with the late Senator John McCain even before his term in office. McCain was a prisoner of the North Vietnamese for more than five years during the Vietnam War. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said in 2015. “I like people who haven’t been captured.” When the Republican died in 2018, the US president reportedly said, “We will not support this loser’s funeral,” according to The Atlantic sources, and witnesses said he was furious when he saw the flags at half mast. ‘What the hell are we doing this for? The man was a fucking loser. ‘
I was never a huge fan of John McCain, disagreed with him on many things, including ridiculous endless wars and the lack of success he had dealing with the VA and our major vets, but lowering our American flags of the United States and the first-class funeral he received from our …
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
Trump also denies responding thinly to the publications on Twitter today. “I didn’t call John a loser, and I swear to you, whatever I should swear, I never called any of our great fallen soldiers anything but a hero.”
Debate on Trump’s certificate
Trump himself has not served in military service. Like his 2020 opponent Joe Biden, he was retired during the Vietnam War. Trump presented a certificate at the time in which a doctor explained a bone spur in his foot.
Donald Trump (center) was a student at the New York Military Academy in the 1960s. (Source: New York Military Academy)
The certificate caused a sensation in the 2015 presidential election because Trump could no longer remember who the doctor was and on what foot he had the disease. His campaign team later announced that both feet were affected.
Trump was 22 years old in 1968 and was considered a sports fan. Visibly pleased with his retirement, he said in the 1990s that his efforts to avoid sexually transmitted diseases were his “personal Vietnam.” This statement, too, did not go down well with veterans.