President Donald Trump went after Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin after she backed up key details of a bombshell story from The Atlantic that said he had referred to slain American soldiers buried at a French cemetery as “losers” and “suckers.”
“All refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!” Trump declared in a frantic tweet.
He also shared an article late Friday from far-right outlet Breitbart News declaring that Griffin “Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story,” after the reporter shared on-air that sources had confirmed to her some key details of the magazine’s story.
Griffin said sources told her that Trump had said the Vietnam War was “stupid” and anyone who fought in it was a “sucker.”
Trump famously received a number of draft deferrals for the Vietnam War from a doctor who said he suffered from bone spurs.
Griffin, citing a former Trump administration official, reported that Trump “was not in a good mood” during his trip to France in 2018 and “questioned why he had to go to two cemeteries.”
She also reported that Trump was adamant that flags not be lowered to half-staff when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a fierce Republican critic of Trump, died in 2018.
The Atlantic’s bombshell report, which was published Thursday, said that Trump bailed on his appearance at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 because he was worried that rain would tousle his hair.
“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” Trump allegedly told aides before canceling his trip to Belleau, France.
Trump and a number of White House aides have fiercely denied the report, though multiple news outlets have confirmed certain details.
Trump has criticized Fox News at times over coverage he perceives as unfavorable, with the network drawing the president’s ire after releasing polls showing Trump trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden both nationally and in swing states.
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story https://t.co/rUpbSWhHac via @BreitbartNews All refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020