President Trump doubled down Friday on his denial of allegations that he disparaged America’s war dead — and attacked the magazine that published them.
“The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance,” Trump tweeted.
The president also compared the claims in the report to those in a largely discredited dossier of opposition research compiled against him during his 2016 campaign and used as the basis for the “Russian collusion” investigation.
“Story already refuted, but this is what we are up against. Just like the Fake Dossier,” Trump said.
“You fight and and fight, and then people realize it was a total fraud!”
Trump’s reference to the story being “refuted” appears to cite a conflicting version of events surrounding the incident in question that’s contained in a recently published memoir by former national security adviser-turned-Trump critic John Bolton.
On Thursday night, Trump said he would “swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES,” in response to the Atlantic’s report that he referred to US Marines killed during World War I as “losers” and “suckers.”
Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote the piece, said it was based on information from four unidentified sources “with firsthand knowledge” of Trump’s remarks.
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