On Saturday, Donald Trump demanded the dismissal of a Fox News reporter, who tried to confirm the accuracy of comments attributed to the president regarding American soldiers who died during World War I, described as “idiotic” and “losers”.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday, September 5, demanded on Twitter the dismissal of a journalist from the popular conservative channel Fox News. The reason for his anger: the launch partially confirmed statements by the White House tenant that “despised” American soldiers killed in action. A verbatim was first reported in The Atlantic.
“Jennifer Griffin should be fired for that kind of reporting. She did not even call us for a reaction. Fox News is more what it was,” he tweeted, Saturday, September 5, back to the channel – once his choice of media – and his National Security Reporter Jennifer Griffin.
The latter, respected in journalistic and political circles in Washington, tried to confirm the article in the Atlantic, which explained that Donald Trump had called American soldiers who died during World War I “idiotic” and “losers”.
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News did not confirm the happiest part of Atlantic Story https://t.co/rUpbSWhHac via @BreitbartNews All are refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this type of reporting. Never even called us for comments. @Fox news is gone!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
The article, published Thursday, says that during a visit to France in November 2018, Donald Trump would have qualified the 1541 American soldiers who died during the Battle of the Belleau Forest by “idiots” and added that the cemetery where they rest is filled with “losers”.
“I can say that my sources are irrevocable”
The Fox News reporter said that according to a former senior official in the Trump administration, the US president said about the Vietnam War: “It was a stupid war. Whoever went there is a jerk.”
She also quotes two former senior officials in the Trump administration who confirm that the Republican did not want to drive to the cemetery near Paris to hire them.
The case received strong media coverage in the United States. The president, his wife Melania Trump and many current and former White House officials have denied the truth in the comments. Donald Trump also called the author of the article “scum.”
“I can say that my sources are irrevocable. They are not anonymous to me, and I think the president knows them,” Jennifer Griffin replied.