Trump Called Vietnam Veterans ‘Losers’ and Said MIA Soldiers Deserved What They Got: Report
A former senior Trump administration official confirmed The Atlantic story about President Donald Trump trashing U.S. troops, and told The Washington Post that Trump called Vietnam Veterans “losers” and soldiers missing in action (MIA) deserved what they got:
In one account, the president told senior advisers that he didn’t understand why the U.S. government placed such value on finding soldiers missing in action because they had performed poorly and gotten caught and deserved what they got, according to a person familiar with the discussion.
Trump believed people who served in the Vietnam War must be “losers” because they hadn’t gotten out of it, according to a person familiar with the comments. Trump also complained bitterly to then-Chief of Staff John F. Kelly that he didn’t understand why Kelly and others in the military treated McCain, who had been imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War, with such reverence. “Isn’t he kind of a loser?” Trump asked, according to the person familiar with Trump’s comments.
James LaPorta, a reporter with The Associated Press, also confirmed The Atlantic story about Trump.
A senior Defense Department official I just spoke with confirmed this story by @JeffreyGoldberg in its entirety. Especially the grafs about the late Sen. John McCain and former Marine Gen. John Kelly, President @realDonaldTrump former chief of staff. https://t.co/ol2lhBbgv8— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) September 3, 2020