WaPo: Trump Said Missing In Action Troops Were “Losers” And Not Worth Finding
Building on reporting from The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg about President Trump’s disparaging remarks on the U.S. military, The Washington Post reported Friday that the president has questioned the government’s desire to find soldiers missing in action.
A former senior administration official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly, confirmed to The Washington Post that the president frequently made disparaging comments about veterans and soldiers missing in action, referring to them at times as “losers.”
In one account, the president told senior advisers that he didn’t understand why the U.S. government placed such value on finding soldiers missing in action because they had performed poorly and gotten caught and deserved what they got, according to a person familiar with the discussion.
The Post also reported that “Trump believed people who served in the Vietnam War must be ‘losers’ because they hadn’t gotten out of it, according to a person familiar with the comments.”
Trump also complained bitterly to then-Chief of Staff John F. Kelly that he didn’t understand why Kelly and others in the military treated McCain, who had been imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War, with such reverence. “Isn’t he kind of a loser?” Trump asked, according to the person familiar with Trump’s comments.
The report noted that Trump himself received a medical deferment from Vietnam due to alleged bone spurs.
On Thursday, Goldberg reported that Trump had called U.S. soldiers injured or killed in war “losers” and “suckers.”