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Fox News Corroborates Claim That President Trump Insulted Veterans, Fallen Soldiers and John McCain

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Two former senior officials in the Trump administration said that President Donald Trump disparaged veterans and the military on multiple occasions, Fox News reported.

The accounts corroborate recent reports from The Atlantic alleging that Trump called fallen American soldiers “suckers” and “losers,” and that the president long-held contempt for the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, and more.

The Fox News report alleges that Trump did not want to visit the Aisne-Marne Cemetery during a trip to France commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.

“The President was not in a good mood,” one anonymous official says, referencing an earlier interaction that he had with French President Emmanuel Macron. “He questioned why he had to go to two cemeteries. ‘Why do I have to do two’?” they said, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Trump: Secret Service Would Not Let Me Drive To French Cemetary)

A former official also said that Trump did not understand why Americans would ever enlist, saying that there was no personal benefit to doing so.

“What’s in it for them? They don’t make any money,” the source said, quoting Trump and describing his inability to understand as a “character flaw,” Fox News reported.

The President also reportedly criticized those who fought in Vietnam, saying that “it was a stupid war,” and that “anyone who went was a sucker.”

During a planning session for Trump’s 2019 July 4th military parade, the president also reportedly advocated against including wounded veterans, saying that including “wounded guys” is “not a good look,” and that “Americans don’t like that,” Fox News reported.

One former official also told Fox News that the president did not know why anyone said that McCain as a hero, and that flags were only lowered to half-staff to honor him once Trump “relented,” according to Fox News.

Trump and multiple officials have denied the reports, calling them a “fraud.” Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s press secretary, also denied the reports during a press briefing Friday, saying that the Atlantic’s four anonymous sources acted “cowardly” and “probably do not even exist.”

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