Former national security adviser John Bolton, no friend of President Trump’s, forcefully denied allegations made by anonymous sources in a hit piece published by the Atlantic last week.
Central to the claim of the column are accusations – from four anonymous sources – that Trump had thoroughly disparaged America’s fallen soldiers as “suckers” and “losers.”
Since publication, many on-the-record sources have denied the allegations.
But Bolton’s denial holds some heft simply because he has been railing against this President since he was ousted from the administration, meaning if there were a chance to portray him in a negative light, he’d surely jump on it.
That isn’t that case, however.
Bolton told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum that the story simply wasn’t true.
“According to what that article said, the president made disparaging remarks about soldiers and people buried in the cemetery in connection with the decision for him not to go to the ceremony that was planned that afternoon,” he explained, “and that was simply false.”
John Bolton talks to @marthamaccallum about Atlantic’s ‘mash-up’ of allegations against Trump. Says charge of Trump disparaging fallen soldiers in connection with decision not to go to cemetery is ‘simply false.’ https://t.co/MTlmTfPB8U
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 8, 2020
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Bolton also charged that Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin, who somehow made the leap in logic that her anonymous sources repeating lies in the Atlantic piece of other anonymous sources was a ‘confirmation’ of the story.
“She’s just flatly wrong,” Bolton said.
President Trump called on Griffin to be fired by Fox for such amateur reporting.
“Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting,” Trump tweeted, noting that her reporting had been “refuted by many witnesses.”
Bolton joins the lengthy list of individuals who have countered such specious claims by anonymous cowards.
On the alleged disparaging of soldiers, Bolton said, “I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false.”
Exclusive: Zach Fuentes, Top Aide to John Kelly, Denies Atlantic Story About Trump https://t.co/RXrpKhdPb1 via @BreitbartNews Thanks Zach. Just more corrupt Fake News trying to change the course of our most important, ever, Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2020
Trump Thanks Kelly Aide
Bolton’s own book, published well before the Atlantic tried to ‘Swift Boat’ the President, refuted the central theme of the article which claimed President Trump canceled a visit to Aisne-Marne American in Paris, a World War I cemetery which houses many American fatalities, due to concerns over his hair and not the poor weather conditions.
This seems like a pretty rock solid rebuttal to the Atlantic piece. It’s not like John Bolton was doing Trump any favors in his memoir. https://t.co/d7gGdh4s5J
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) September 4, 2020
Aside from Bolton, Zachary Fuentes, a former aide who worked under then-chief of staff John Kelly, also denied the Atlantic report.
“I don’t know who the sources are,” he told Breitbart News. “I did not hear POTUS call anyone losers when I told him about the weather. Honestly, do you think General Kelly would have stood by and let ANYONE call fallen Marines losers?”
Remember when @realDonaldTrump didn’t have to but insisted on standing for hours in the hot sun at West Point & the Naval Academy to personally shake the hand/salute each graduate?
Here’s how he REALLY feels about our great men and women in uniform- don’t believe the FAKE NEWS! pic.twitter.com/I0Su1STUo9
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) September 4, 2020
“Thanks Zach,” the President tweeted Monday. “Just more corrupt Fake News trying to change the course of our most important, ever, Election!”
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