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Trump Calls the Journalist behind Accusation of "Losers" and "Suckers" as 'Slimeball'


Trump Calls the Journalist behind Accusation of "Losers" and "Suckers" as 'Slimeball'

President Trump on Saturday smashed out at the journalist behind this week's explosive report that claimed he had disparaged slain American soldiers buried in France, calling the reporter a "slimeball."

Veterans' groups are among those condemning Mr Trump, less than two months from the 2020 election.

president has slammed a Fox News reporter for independently confirming key points from The Atlantic's bombshell report that alleged Mr Trump made disparaging comments against military troops.The journalist who quoted him as saying dead US soldiers were "losers" and "suckers".

He likened the Atlantic magazine report to unproven accusations made against him of colluding with Russia to win the presidential election of 2016.

Trump suggested in a pair of tweets that the author of the report, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, may have been working with "disgruntled people" intent on seeing him lose reelection. He compared the magazine story to the controversial dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele in 2016, which alleged that Russia had compromising material on Trump.

“You work so hard for the military, from completely rebuilding a depleted mess that was left by OBiden, to fixing a broken V.A. and fighting for large scale military pay raises, and then a slimeball reporter, maybe working with disgruntled people, makes up such a horrible charge,” Trump tweeted without mentioning Goldberg by name.

According to The Atlantic, when Mr Trump cancelled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery outside Paris in November 2018, 100 years after the end of World War One.

Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has slammed Mr Trump as “unfit” for presidency following a report that the president allegedly mocked American veterans as “losers” and “suckers”.

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