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Biden demands apology after reports Trump called fallen troops ‘losers’

Biden demands apology after reports Trump called fallen troops ‘losers’

WASHINGTON: Joe Biden demanded Friday that President Trump humbly apologizes to the families of fallen U.S. service members following reports that Trump called them losers and suckers.

Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, invoked the military history of his own son Beau Biden, who died of cancer in 2015 as he denounced the president, who has denied making the reported comments.

When my son was an assistant US attorney and he volunteered to go to Kosovo while the war was going on as a civilian, he wasn’t a sucker, Biden said.

When my son volunteered and joined the U.S. military as the attorney general and went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn’t a sucker, Biden said.

The servicemen and women he served with, particularly those who did not come home, were not losers. If these statements are true, the president should humbly apologize to every Gold Star mother and father and every Blue Star family that he’s denigrated and insulted, Biden added.

Joe Biden’s remarks came a day after The Atlantic reported that President Trump declined to visit an American cemetery near Paris in 2018 and referred to US Marines buried there as losers and suckers.

Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers, Donald Trump told aides after scrapping the visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

The magazine did not identify the aides. The report said Donald Trump later referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives in the Battle of Belleau Wood in France as suckers for getting killed.

At the time, President Trump publicly blamed his decision to scrap the visit on bad weather that scuttled his helicopter flight. He never explained why he didn’t take a car to the site.

I’ve just never been as disappointed in my whole career, Biden later said in the remarks. It is a disgrace.

President Trump had used the same word to describe the article itself. To think that I would make statements negative to our military and fallen heroes when nobody has done what I have done, for the US armed forces, Donald Trump told reporters Thursday. It’s a total lie – It’s a disgrace.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, The bogus attacks are the same as we heard in 2018 immediately following the trip to Paris and they are just as false now. Every aspect of this charade should be dismissed out of hand, Murtaugh said in the statement, which did not directly address Biden’s remarks.

Members of the President Trump administration also denied that the president spoke disparagingly about fallen US military personnel buried at the cemetery.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an interview that he has never heard the president use the language that is certainly said in that article about him calling military suckers and losers.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Trump has the highest respect and admiration for our nation’s military members, veterans, and families, adding, That is why he has fought for greater pay and more funding for our armed forces.

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