“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.”However, those sources, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, all independently insisted that Trump was not disrespecting the war-dead United States; he was just asserting that they shouldn’t have been sent overseas to fight and die in those wars in the first place. Each said the president often had a brash and rude manner of speaking that could cloud what they believe to be his intended message, especially in times when Trump is attempting to convey sympathy or empathy.The White House did not respond to a request for comment on this story by Friday night.
Despite all of Trump’s talk about ending these “endless wars,” he has yet to end any of them, and he even escalated the war in Afghanistan early in his first term. He also actively encouraged and used the powers of his office to excuse US war crimes, and also escalated air wars against various foreign countries, with dire consequences for civilians abroad.
“I’ve been friends with Trump since 2005. Are there times he says things that make people angry? Yes, but to those who suggest he lacks empathy… I have seen my own eyes many times and have been personally touched by his compassion and empathy, ”said Eric Bolling, a Sinclair presenter and a close friend of the Trump family.
During his first term, Trump indeed managed to chaotically grope his efforts to educate grieving families. In 2017, when the President spoke on the phone to the Army Sgt’s widow. The David Johnson, who died during an operation in Niger, Trump reportedly told him, “He knew what he was committed to, but I guess it still hurts.”
According to those present at the end of the phone conversation, this led to this widow, Myeshia Johnson, to burst into tears. President Trump, refusing to accept any guilt for it, quickly turned to the fact that the whole incident was an elaborate fabrication and began to disparage Democrats and the media instead.
“President Trump has always shown the highest level of respect and empathy for Veterans, Wounded Warriors and surviving family members who have lost loved ones in combat,” said Jason Miller, a senior advisor of Trump’s re-election campaign, to the Daily Beast. Friday, insisting that the Atlantic the story was “false” and “utterly absurd”.
Asked about Trump’s well-known comments that the late Senator John McCain was a “loser” and not a true war hero because he was “captured” and tortured during the Vietnam War, Miller echoed to the president, responding: “The president has always shown the greatest respect for those who defend our country, and just because the president is ready to throw hard elbows in the political arena does not give Atlantic permission to write a completely made-up fake story, alleging that the president is disrespectful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Asked about Trump’s bitter feud with the Gold Star parents of the Khan family during the 2016 presidential race, Miller replied, “President Trump always has the right to defend himself in the political arena.