US President Donald Trump has demanded that Fox Information fireplace its nationwide safety correspondent after she confirmed claims that the Republican chief had disparaged the navy — a bombshell that has dogged him for 2 days.
Trump got here beneath fireplace after The Atlantic journal reported that he had referred to as Marines killed in motion in World Conflict I “losers” and “suckers” in reference to a November 2018 go to to France when he skipped a go to to a US navy cemetery.
The official rationalization for that missed go to was dangerous climate.
Fox Information correspondent Jennifer Griffin mentioned two former administration officers had confirmed to her that the president “didn’t need to drive to honor American warfare useless” on the Aisne-Marne cemetery exterior Paris, implying climate was not an element.
One official additionally informed her that Trump had used the phrase “suckers” to denigrate the navy, however in a special context associated to the Vietnam Conflict.
“When the President spoke concerning the Vietnam Conflict, he mentioned, ‘It was a silly warfare. Anybody who went was a sucker’,” she quoted the unnamed official as saying.
“It was a personality flaw of the President. He couldn’t perceive why somebody would die for his or her nation, not value it,” the supply mentioned.
A livid Trump tweeted late Friday: “Jennifer Griffin needs to be fired for this sort of reporting. By no means even referred to as us for remark. @FoxNews is gone!”
Trump has furiously defended himself within the wake of the story in The Atlantic, tweeting and retweeting tales condemning it as “pretend information.”
The habitually Trump-friendly Fox Information has been criticized for seemingly sidelining Griffin’s reporting in its protection of the story. A narrative on its entrance web page Saturday was headlined: “Sources dispute declare Trump nixed go to to navy cemetery over disdain for veterans who died.”
A number of of Griffin’s colleagues at Fox have publicly defended her on Twitter, together with Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger, who referred to as her “honest and unafraid.”
Simply earlier than The Atlantic revealed its story, a ballot by the Navy Instances and the Syracuse College Institute for Veterans and Navy Households discovered that simply 37.four p.c of energetic obligation personnel assist Trump’s reelection bid, whereas 43.1 p.c again Joe Biden.
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