President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Friday night to demand that Fox News fire the network’s National Security Correspondent after she confirmed a report in the Atlantic which suggested he had disparaged war veterans as “suckers.”
Fox News joined the Associated Press and The Washington Post in confirming portions of a bombshell report published by The Atlantic on Thursday that claimed the president, in multiple instances, made disparaging remarks about members of the U.S. 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” – and that he turned down a trip to visit U.S. war dead in France due to the rain.
The Atlantic’s reporting, which was confirmed by the Washington Post and Associated Press, has now been confirmed by Fox News pic.twitter.com/elRxKncfEy
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) September 4, 2020
The president gloated in a tweet that the Fox News story “did not confirm the most salacious part” of the Atlantic’s report that he had called First and Second World War veterans “losers” and had skipped visiting the graves of American soldiers because he didn’t want the rain to ruin his hair.
It is not normal for the president to demand journalists be fired for reporting news they don’t like https://t.co/bsE25klRf6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 5, 2020
But Jennifer Griffin did confirm that Trump called US Army veterans “suckers.”
Griffin quoted a former senior Trump administration official as having told her: “When the President spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, ‘It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker’.”
She also confirmed that he did not want wounded veterans to take part in his military parades because “it was not a good look.”
Trump was so enraged by Fox News’ reporting confirming the story, that he demanded the journalist Griffin be fired.
The president tweeted a link to a story by Breitbart, a far-right Trump-supporting website, that claimed Trump was vindicated because Griffin only reported her sources as saying Vietnam veterans were “suckers” – unlike the Atlantic, which reported that he’d said WW1 veterans were “suckers.”
Breitbart also claimed victory for Trump because Griffin was unable to independently confirm the Atlantic’s story that Trump cancelled a planned trip to a war cemetery in Paris, in 2018, because he was worried about his hair. Griffin was only able to confirm that he didn’t want to go and chose not to.
President Trump’s staff explained he could cancel (his visit to the cemetery), but he was warned, ‘They (the press) are going to kill you for this’.” The President was mad as a hornet when they did.
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020