Did President Trump Call Veterans “Suckers” and “Losers”?

I’m sure you have seen the Atlantic article, in which three anonymous sources supposedly claimed that President Trump called military veterans “suckers” and “losers.” Sadly, this article is one of the many current examples of disgraceful reporting. The entire article is based on quotes from people who won’t even share their names. It’s really hard to believe, and I’m painfully surprised by how many people fell for it and believe it to be true.

Do you want to know the facts? Here we go…

  1. Jordan Karem*
  2. Dan Scavino*
  3. Stephen Miller*
  4. Mike Pompeo
  5. John Bolton*
  6. J. Hogan Gidley*
  7. Lt. General Keith Kellogg
  8. Sarah Huckabee Sanders*
  9. Mark Meadows
  10. Judd Deere
  11. Rob Crilly
  12. Alyssa Farah
  13. Derek Lyons
  14. Dan Walsh
  15. Zach Fuentes*

These are the people, eight of whom who were present at the reported times/places, who deny that President Trump ever called veterans “losers” or “suckers.” Fifteen and counting…The Atlantic produced four “unnamed” witnesses, but all of these people have come forward and said it’s a lie. Who do trust? A newspaper that is owned by a Biden mega-donor?

Also, from John Bolton’s anti-Trump book about the exact occasion mentioned in the Atlantic article. Notice that Trump *couldn’t* see the cemetery due to weather, as he stated–not because he thought the veterans were losers:

“Marine One’s crew was saying that bad visibility could make it imprudent to chopper to the cemetery. The ceiling was not too low for Marines to fly in combat, but flying POTUS was obviously something very different. If a motorcade was necessary, it could take between ninety and a hundred and twenty minutes each way, along roads that were not exactly freeways, posing an unacceptable risk that we could not get the President out of France quickly enough in case of an emergency. It was a straightforward decision to cancel the visit but very hard for a Marine like Kelly to recommend, having originally been the one to suggest Belleau Wood… Trump agreed, and it was decided that others would drive to the cemetery instead.”

So, What’s the Verdict?

I wasn’t there that day, so I cannot vouch for President Trump–but fifteen people did. I’d say fifteen against three means that his team wins. While I do not always agree with President Trump’s tact (or lack of it), I don’t think he called veterans “suckers” or “losers.” The Atlantic should be printing a retraction. Have you seen one? Let me know if you do.