First Lady Melania Trump is pushing back on the anonymously sourced hit piece published in The Atlantic that claimed President Donald Trump, had called fallen American soldiers “losers” and “suckers.”
Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg cited anonymous sources for his recent story claiming that in 2018 Trump did not want to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at the site of Battle of Belleau Wood. Anonymous sources quoted claimed that President Trump said the cemetery was “filled with losers” and referred to fallen soldiers who died at Belleau Wood as “suckers.”
Melania, however, was not having any of it and is speaking out.
“[The Atlantic] story is not true,” Melania said. “It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism – It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.”
The First Lady's push back comes after President Trump denied the story.
“It was a totally fake story, and that was confirmed by many people who were actually there,” Trump said.
“It’s a fake story, and it’s a disgrace that they’re allowed to do it,” he added.
Trump also said he sees fallen members of the U.S. military as heroes.
"There’s nobody that considers the military, especially people that have given their lives in the military, to me, they’re heroes,” Trump said. “It’s even hard to believe how they could do it…the level of bravery. To me, they are absolute heroes.”
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is one of the many Trump cabinet members and alumni who have come out to denounce The Atlantic story.