Former White House national security consultant John Bolton stated in his memoir that President Trump canceled a visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris over weather, undercutting a key allegation in a recent tale from The Atlantic that the president scrapped the trip because of the “losers” and “suckers” lay there.
Aisne-Marne holds the graves of virtually 2,300 American soldiers, including hundreds of U.S. Marines that died in the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918 during World War I. Trump stirred plans to visit the struggle monument in 2018, differentiating a century since Belleau Wood, but canceled the visit last-minute over rain and unsafe flying conditions.
The Atlantic reported a different version of occurrences on Thursday. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg said that Trump scrapped the journey because he anticipated the rain would mess up his fuzz. Goldberg likewise reported a significantly more explosive claim that Trump referred to the American soldiers hid at locations other than construction sites as “losers” and “suckers.”
Goldberg, quoting four anonymous officials, reported 😛 TAGEND
When President Donald Trump canceled a inspect to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he accused rainfall for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither allegation was true.
Trump scorned the idea of the visit because he feared his whisker would become disheveled in the torrent, and because he did not believe it important to honor American campaign dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a discussion with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed.
Goldberg stirs no mention of the contradicting, on-the-record claim made by Bolton, a prominent Trump critic, months ago in his memoir “The Room Where It Happened.” On the canceled trip to Aisne-Marne, Bolton writes 😛 TAGEND
On Saturday, I went to the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, where Trump was staying, to brief him for his bilateral with[ French President Emmanuel Macron ]. The climate was bad and[ former Chief of Staff John Kelly] and I spoke about whether to travel as planned to the Chateau-Thierry Belleau Woods tombstones and nearby American Graveyards, where many U.S. The first world war were embed. Marine One’s crew were saying that bad visibility could make it imprudent to chopper to the cemetery. The ceiling was not too low for Marines to fly in fighting, but flying POTUS was obviously something very different. If a motorcade were necessary, it could take between ninety and a hundred and twenty minutes each space, along streets that were not exactly freeways, posing an unacceptable peril that we could not get the President out of France quickly enough in case of an emergency. It was a straightforward decision to cancel the visit but very hard for a Marine like Kelly to recommend, having originally been the one to suggest Belleau Wood( an iconic battle in Marine Corps history ). Trump agreed, and it was decided that others would drive to the cemetery instead.
Bolton continued 😛 TAGEND
The press turned canceling the military visit into a narrative that Trump was afraid of the torrent and took gaiety in pointing out that other world leaders traveled around during the day. Of track , none of them were President of the United States, but the press didn’t understand that rules for US chairpeople are different from the rules for 190 other presidents who don’t command the world’s greatest military forces.
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