President Trump continued to slam reports that he bashed America’s war dead as “losers” and “suckers” saying: “I never made those statements” during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday.
An audience member at the event in Philadelphia asked the president how he “expects to win back the support” of the military and families following the story published by The Atlantic earlier this month.
“It’s easy, because I never made those statements. They were never made by me,” Trump replied.
He added: “The statements never happened, they were lies… They made up this quote.”
The Atlantic claimed Trump referred to Marines killed in World War I and buried in a cemetery outside Paris as “losers” and said the 1,800 Marines who died in the Battle of Belleau Wood were “suckers” for getting killed.
Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote the piece, said it was based on information from four unidentified sources “with firsthand knowledge” of Trump’s remarks.