He don’t hate troops, he just looks like an asshole

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After Atlantic reported Thursday that Donald Trump had privately criticized America’s war dead as ‘suckers’ and ‘losers’, the White House, the president’s 2020 campaign and a wide range of Trump loyalists activated to aggressively denounce the report as being fictitious and absurd.In the Daily Beast’s interviews with 11 senior administration officials, Trump aides, Republican agents, and former and current friends of the president, several of them have mounted a curious defense of Trump. Yes, they admitted, the Commander-in-Chief sometimes makes harsh and muffled comments about US military personnel behind closed doors. But that’s because he hates the wars they are forced to wage, not the military themselves.

“The president doesn’t want to disrespect our troops; it’s just the way he talks he can sound like an asshole sometimes, ”one of those sources, a senior administration official, told The Daily Beast. “This is how he is [when the cameras are off]… This is his style.

Some of these sources defend President Trump and push back AtlanticThe story of has agreed to go on record. Others would speak only in the background and anonymously – even after the White House trashed the magazine for relying on such unnamed sources. (On Friday afternoon, the president called the story a “hoax,” even though The Associated Press and Fox News had confirmed key details from the original article.)

Some of those close to the president admitted that there was a party Atlantic The article by editor Jeffrey Goldberg that struck them as loyal: the anecdote about how Trump joined John Kelly, his former White House chief of staff, on a visit to the grave of Kelly’s son , Robert – who was killed in the war in Afghanistan – and asked Kelly coldly, “I don’t understand. What was there for them?

Three people with direct knowledge of the president’s private remarks over the past three years about Robert Kelly, as well as other Americans who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Trump made similar comments to them as well. . This included the president mentioning that their service in these war zones was “a waste”, or that US military personnel in these conflicts were “dead for nothing”, or that the dead “should have done something else.”

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