Moments ago, appearing on Fox News, former Ambassador John Bolton declared what he referred to as “the main point” of “The Atlantic” piece that alleges Trump disparaged fallen soldiers “simply false.”
Bolton told Martha MacCallum “According to what that article said, the president made disparaging remarks about soldiers and people buried in the cemetery in connection with the decision for him not to go to the ceremony that was planned that afternoon, and that was simply false.”
Bolton reiterated “I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false.”
“The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery,” Bolton explained.
He then explained Former Chief of Staff John Kelly presented “logistical reasons why the trip couldn’t take place and the president assented to the recommendation that he not go.”
In terms of whether Trump used the word “sucker” to refer to Americans who fought in Vietnam, Bolton said “I can’t prove the negative that he never said those things. The president has a habit of disparaging people. He ends up denigrating almost everybody that he comes in contact with whose last name is not Trump.”
He added “I was simply responding to what I thought the main point of the Atlantic article that at the critical point Saturday morning when the decision was made not to go to Aisne-Marne that he made the disparaging remarks and he did not.”