Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday: “If the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, they are another marker of the depth of our disagreement between President Trump and me on the role of the President of the United States.
“Duty, honor, country – these are the values that drive our service members,” he said in a statement Thursday night, adding that if he is elected president, “I will ensure that our American heroes know that I will support them and honor their sacrifice – always. Beau, Biden’s son, served in Iraq in 2008-09.
Defense officials also confirmed to the AP reporting in The Atlantic that Trump on Memorial Day 2017 went with his Chief of Staff John Kelly to visit the grave in Arlington Cemetery, Kelly’s son, Robert, who was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan, and tells Kelly, “I don’t understand. What was there for them? ”
The senior Marine Corps officer and The Atlantic, citing sources with first-hand knowledge, also reported that Trump said he did not want to support the August 2018 funeral of veteran Republican Senator John McCain decorated with the navy who spent years as a prisoner of Vietnam. war because he was a “loser”. The Atlantic also reported that Trump was angry that flags were flown halfway up for McCain, saying, “Why are we doing this? Guy was a… loser.
Trump admitted Thursday that he was “never a fan” of McCain and disagreed with him, but said he always respects him and approves of anything about his “premiere triple A funeral. class ”without hesitation because“ I felt he deserved it ”.
In 2015, shortly after launching his presidential bid, Trump publicly lambasted McCain, saying, “He’s not a war hero. He added: “I like the people who weren’t captured.”
Trump only amplified his criticism of McCain as the Arizona lawmaker became critical of his harsh political style, culminating in a late-night ‘no’ vote scuttling Trump’s plans to repeal the law. affordable care. That vote shattered the few partisan loyalties that bound the two men, and Trump continued to attack McCain for that vote, even posthumously.
The magazine said Trump also called former President George HW Bush a “loser” because he was shot down by the Japanese as a naval pilot during World War II.