US President Donald Trump reportedly raised eyebrows on a trip to France for calling fallen soldiers “idiots”. Now there are more revelations about his stay in Paris.
On a trip to France two years ago, US President Donald Trump is said to have described fallen US soldiers as ‘losers’ and ‘idiots’ – now there are new revelations about the trip: Instead of visiting a US military cemetery, Trump has joined The November 2018 visit stayed longer at the residence of the US ambassador in Paris, Bloomberg news agency reports. He admired several works of art at the Hôtel de Pontalba – then took them to Washington with Air Force One.
Trump spokesman Judd Deere confirmed the artwork was created. Trump took them to Washington to display them in a “prominent” location in the White House, he told AFP news agency.
Trump: Why should I visit this cemetery?
However, Trump’s spontaneous decision at the time caused some frown, according to the Bloomberg report. Lawyers from the US State Department quickly checked whether he could take the artworks at all. However, they gave the go-ahead as they are already owned by the US government. According to Bloomberg, it included a portrait and bust of the American founder Benjamin Franklin.
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The American magazine “The Atlantic” reported a few days ago that Trump described American soldiers who died in World War I as “losers” and “idiots” while traveling to France. The US president had therefore rejected a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American military cemetery near Paris, saying, “Why should I visit this cemetery? It is full of losers.”
Trump denied the allegations in a series of angry tweets. On Friday, the Republican, who wants to be re-elected for a second term in November, said it was a “fake story”. To him fallen soldiers are “absolute heroes”.