At WH Meeting, Trump Disparaged Military Amputees: “No One Wants To See That”

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Trump reportedly said he didn't want wounded veterans at an event because amputees make people uncomfortable.

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg reported Thursday that President Donald Trump once told aides he did not want wounded veterans at a military event because amputees make people uncomfortable.

  • The comment was made during a White House meeting in 2018, according to the report.
  • Goldberg wrote that “Trump asked his staff not to include wounded veterans, on grounds that spectators would feel uncomfortable in the presence of amputees.”
  • “Nobody wants to see that,” the president reportedly said.

The report includes other instances of Trump’s insensitivity toward veterans, including a trip to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day 2017 when he said to then homeland security secretary John Kelly, “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?”

At that moment, the two were standing next to the grave of Kelly’s son Robert, who died in Afghanistan in 2010.

Read the full report.


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