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Bolton Speaks Out On Claim That Trump Disparaged Fallen American Soldiers

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“These comments are despicable. If he made them, they are despicable,”

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton believes that if President Trump actually referred to fallen American soldiers as “losers”, it will further damage him politically among service members and their families.

In an interview with Bloomberg Radio, Bolton said the remarks may have stemmed from Trump’s skepticism of U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Who Is John Bolton?

Bolton served as national security adviser (2018–19) to U.S. Pres. Donald Trump. He also was undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs, under George W. Bush’s administration.

In March 2018 Pres. Donald Trump announced that Bolton was to replace Lieut. Gen. H.R. McMaster as head of the National Security Council. Bolton assumed the post, which does not require Senate confirmation, the following month.

President Trump and his national security adviser disagreed on a number of key issues, including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and negotiations with North Korea.

These disagreements, coupled with Bolton’s disparaging remarks about North Korea, led to Bolton stepping down as National Security Adviser. Bolton says he resigned, Trump says he fired him.

Bolton said Trump’s support among military service members is lower than it should be for a Republican, a problem for his re-election effort.

What Are These Alleged Remarks All About?

The Atlantic claims Trump made some disparaging remarks about fallen American Marines, when the president canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018.

Entrance of the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France. (Photo by Warrick Page/ABMC)

The cemetery contains the graves of 2,289 war dead, most of whom fought in the vicinity and in the Marne Valley in the summer of 1918. Belleau Wood adjoins the cemetery and contains many vestiges of World War I. A monument at the flagpole commemorates the valor of the U.S. Marines who captured much of this ground in 1918.

The article goes on to say, ‘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.

President Trump denies making the remarks. On a recent trip aboard Air Force One, Trump said, “I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There’s nobody that respects them more,” 

“They made it up and probably it’s a couple of people that have been failures in the administration. That I got rid of, and I couldn’t get rid of them fast enough. Or it was just made up,” he said.

“I don’t think he really holds anybody in high regard except his family.”

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton

Bolton said he hadn’t heard Trump personally make any remarks such as claimed by The Atlantic.

But Bolton also mentioned, “I have not heard anybody say, ‘Oh, that doesn’t sound like the Donald Trump I know,’

Bolton added, “I don’t think he really holds anybody in high regard except his family.”

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