Donald Trump denies calling US military dead 'losers' and 'suckers'

Donald Trump denies calling US military dead 'losers' and 'suckers'

DONALD TRUMP has staunchly denied reports that he said a US military cemetery was "filled with losers".

The President called the reports "fake news", while the White House branded it "'patently false".

The report in question, published by the Atlantic  on Thursday, claims that Mr Trump cancelled a visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in November 2018 because he was worried his hair would be disheveled by the rain.

He is alleged to have asked a senior staff member before the planned visit: "Why should I go to that cemetery? It's filled with losers."

The report cites four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day.

During the same trip, Mr Trump supposedly later referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives in the Battle of Belleau Wood in France as "suckers" for getting killed.

Trump hit back on Thursday night after the news broke, emphatically denying the report, calling it "a disgraceful situation" by a "terrible magazine."

"It's a total lie. It's fake news. It's a disgrace, and frankly it's a disgrace to your profession," Trump said.

The report also details Trump's alleged reaction to the death of Senator John McCain in 2018, claiming that he told his aides: "We're not going to support that loser's funeral," before getting angry when flags were flown at half-mast in Washington.

"What the f*ck are we doing that for? Guy was a f*cking loser," Trump reportedly said.

Senator McCain fought in the Vietnam War and was held captive by the North Vietnamese for six years.

The alleged news acts as conflict to Trump's public persona as a self-proclaimed champion of the military and its veterans.